UNICEF Iran expresses condolences to earthquake-affected people in East Azarbaijan
UNICEF Iran office would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Iranian people and Government on the earthquake in East Azarbaijan that claimed many lives and caused serious injuries and destruction of homes and infrastructure. UNICEF was particularly saddened by the images of dead children and women.
UNICEF Iran office informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partner line ministries of its readiness and commitment to provide any necessary support but no request for international help has come from government thus far.
The Secretary-General has also sent his condolences to the Iranian people and informed the Government that the UN is ready to lend its assistance.
UNICEF played a key role during the Bam earthquake and has global expertise in dealing with emergencies and it stands ready to help as appropriate.