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|Within 48 hours after a terrible earthquake affected Iran, UNICEF packed and sent 40 tonnes on supplies from its warehouse in Copenhagen.|
Two UNICEF relief flights will arrive in Iran on Sunday. The first will come from neighboring Afghanistan, where UNICEF's ongoing relief effort is making available vital emergency supplies from its stocks. That flight will land in Bam on Sunday morning carrying medicines and medical equipment, tents, tarps and children's blankets. The flight will be accompanied by a medical doctor from UNICEF's staff in Kabul.
A second, larger relief flight will depart from UNICEF's global supply centre in Copenhagen Sunday morning and arrive early Sunday evening in Iran. The 40 tonnes of relief items in that cargo include:
The shipment is valued at approximately US $285,000.
"Time is of the essence at this stage," said Kari Egge, the UNICEF Representative in Iran. "While the urgent search for survivors continues, it is equally urgent to care for the thousands of children left homeless by this devastating quake. Right now people are living on the streets, and it's very cold at night. The children are very vulnerable."
UNICEF said it would soon issue a flash appeal to help provide continuing emergency relief to Bam's children. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, and governments.
UNICEF has been present and operated programs for children in Iran almost continuously since 1962.
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