NCRI Staff

NCRI - A state-run media admitted that government officials and media do not inform the public about the facts and actual news on the situation of Sunday’s earthquake in Iran’s western provinces and its victims.

The state-run Jame’eh Farda (Tomorrow’s Community) media noted the secrecy of the Iranian regime in announcing the statistics and real news about the earthquake on Sunday night in the country, which killed hundreds and injured thousands, and wrote: “We hide the outrage of nature in the same way as we distort public opinion about our political failures.”

“Unreachable villages, closed roads, disconnected communication facilities, and astonished survivors or bereaved families of the fallen victims, old or young and children, and the lack of facilities, the lack of expert management, the on-paper committees dealing with critical situations and their public relations that reduction of the real degree of crisis in their communication is the first line of their guidelines (are some facts about the earthquake). Informal news and phone calls by the families (of the victims) from remote locations indicate the beginning of a catastrophe, a disaster after the end of the earthquake,” the media wrote.

This state-owned media quoting an eyewitness in the villages of Salas Babajani (an environs of the province of Kermanshah, west of Iran) wrote: “Most of these villages have been destroyed 100%. In a village, of 35 households, 18 people lost their lives and in other villages, of 50 households only 2 households have remained.”

“The scenes I saw here are like the pictures we had seen before in Aleppo and Idlib (Syria)... all the outer walls of the Mehr Housing Complex have collapsed in the city's Fouladi (Steel) neighbourhood...,” said another eyewitness in Sarpol Zahab. “The management of relief operations is very weak... while all of these buildings can completely collapse with aftershocks....”

According to another report, Shahab Naderi, a member of the Iranian regime’s parliament, admitted that there are no exact figures for the dead in Salas Babajani and Azgeleh and the depletion (discharge) operation continues.

“Unfortunately, 90 to 95 percent of homes in Salas Babajani, Azgeleh, Jeygaran, and Javanrood have been destroyed, and because of the high level of destruction, the amount of relief is not enough... The earthquakes-stricken population in these areas is high and rescue equipment is low.... But the popular donations and relief aid are still coming to the area more than our relief and rescue aid. The operation to remove the debris continues in this area,” he admitted.

The regime’s MP also admitted that state-run media ignored the quake-stricken regions and said: “While the most destruction ever occurred in this area, but the media has not paid attention or focused on this area.”

On the other hand, the Iranian regime prevented the passage of unauthorized vehicles on routes to Kermanshah and stopped people from entering the city for assistance and providing donations and relief for earthquake victims.

The commander of the traffic control center of the regime announced on Wednesday November 15 that all unauthorized personal vehicles are prohibited commuting in the axes leading to the province of Kermanshah.

According to reports received on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, earthquake-stricken villagers in the villages surrounding Sarpol Zahab blocked the road in protest of the lack of water and food.

The reports indicate that quake-stricken people gathered in front of the police station along the Dalahou road to Sarpol Zahab in protest of the lack of relief and rescue services.

Despite the announcement by the Iranian regime's authorities of mobilizing the country's facilities to help earthquake-stricken people in the country’s western provinces, reports indicate weakness of the relief operations.

Reports published in some media and social networking sites indicate that many earthquake-stricken citizens sleep in the streets and open areas in cold weather for the third consecutive night. This means that they did not even receive tents for spending nights and days.

This is while the Iranian regime's crisis management organization says “there are enough facilities.”

According to recent figures released by government news agencies, the Sunday night's earthquake has killed more than 500 people so far and 9000 injured were admitted to hospital.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Taghi Nazrpour, head of Iranian regime's Schools Modernization, Development and Equipping, announced that the number of destroyed schools in Kermanshah province has reached 70, which totally include 400 classrooms.

One woman in the quake-stricken region says in a video: “We did not receive a Rial, neither cash aid, nor non-cash aid. The situation is terrible.”

Thousands of residential units have been destroyed, and hundreds of people have been left alone sleeping in the streets or in their personal vehicle because they are worried the building may collapse anytime.

Also, the governorate of Gilan-e-Gharb has reported “very high levels of damage” and “failure to send any aid to many villages.” Gilan-e Gharb’s drinking water is still cut off.

The earthquake survivors in western Iran called on the Iranian regime officials for food and shelter. They said aid was very slow to reach them, while the regime rejected foreign aid.

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