AmeriCares Airlift of Relief Supplies for Iranian Earthquake Survivors

AmeriCares Foundation
Monday, 29 December 2003

An AmeriCares cargo jet loaded with more than 70,000 pounds of lifesaving emergency supplies for survivors of the Iranian earthquake departs from Bradley International Airport on Tuesday, Dec. 30. The cargo consists of medicines, medical supplies, blankets and other trauma related material for survivors of last Friday's devastating earthquake in Bam, 630 miles southeast of Tehran.

Accompanying the flight is volunteer doctor, Dr. Asghar Rastegar, Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine. Iranian born, Dr. Rastegar is to help perform an assessment of medical needs.

The cargo jet is to depart Bradley at 5 pm and then stop in Maastricht, the Netherlands to load additional supplies and fly on to Ankara, Turkey for refueling. From Ankara, the flight is to touch down in Iran at 7 pm local time Dec. 31.

It is feared that the death toll from last week's 6.6 earthquake could reach 40,000 out of a population of 80,000 in and around the quake's epicenter. Nearly 75 percent of the ancient city of Bam has been reduced to rubble.

AmeriCares responded with relief supplies and volunteer doctors to a similar disaster in Iran in June 1990 when 40,000 people were killed in an earthquake measuring 7.7 that struck 175 miles northwest of Tehran. It was the first flight to originate from the United States and land on Iranian soil following the Iranian hostage crisis, which ended in 1981.

To help AmeriCares with this crisis you can donate online at: or call: 800.486.HELP.

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