A series of earthquakes, measuring between 2.8 to 6.0 on the Richter scale, followed by several aftershocks, struck Lorestan province in West Iran during the night of Thursday 30 March to early morning of Friday 31 March. According to national authorities, some 66 persons are confirmed dead, while 1200 persons are injured. The number of affected persons is expected to rise. 50,000 are feared homeless.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society is working in the affected areas and has begun with the distribution of relief aid. According to provincial authorities, the most urgent needs include blankets, tents, heaters medical and food supplies.