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Iran: Part of the Hospitals in Tehran Are Among the Most Vulnerable Buildings


NCRI Staff

NCRI – The Iranian regime’s ministry of health said the life span of 50% of Tehran’s hospitals has been over 50 years old and parts of these hospitals are among the “most unsafe (vulnerable) buildings”.

According to the state-run Mehr news agency on Wednesday, September 27, Hassan Hashemi said one of the “serious concerns” regarding the possibility of an earthquake is “irresistibility” of the hospitals in the country, particularly in Tehran.

Referring to the life of half of the hospitals in Tehran which were built more than half a century ago, Hashemi added that while in the recent earthquake of the city the first need of the people was to go to the hospitals, “some parts of the hospitals are among the most insecure and vulnerable buildings.”

At the same time, he has reported on shortage of funds, manpower and medical equipment in hospital emergencies in Tehran.

The regime’s official said the number of emergency bases in Tehran was far “distant” from international standards.

His comments are said while on Wednesday morning Tehran and Alborz provinces were once again trembling with a 4.2 magnitude earthquake.

The earthquake, which left at least 46 injured, occurred within a week after the 5.2 magnitude earthquake in these two provinces killing two and wounding more than one hundred people.

In the wake of recent earthquakes in Iran and Tehran, once again the resistance of buildings and urban infrastructure during the earthquake has been at the forefront of attention.

Tehran’s Technical and Development Deputy Mayor in the City Council on December 26, concurrent with the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Kerman, reported on the state of the city’s unfinished projects and called them “urban hazards”.

Pirouz Hanachi called the probability of an earthquake in Tehran “very high” and admitted that, despite more than two decades of information on the Tehran earthquake, gas stations and hospitals have not yet been retrofitted to make them resistive.