YEREVAN ("Respublica Armenia" daily)–An aircraft containing humanitarian aid for the victims of the earthquake in Iran left Yerevan’s Zvartnots Airport Tuesday.
The cargo included warm clothing–blankets– medical supplies worth $17,000 and was delivered by a delegation from Armenia’s Department of Emergency Services–headed by Armenia’s Civil Defense Headquarters chairman Sergey Azarian.
Relief efforts for the devastating 1988 earthquake were take into consideration when planning the humanitarian effort for the Khorasan earthquake.
Head of the Emergency Services Department Stepan Badalian said that Iran refused assistance from Armenian rescue groups–yet Armenia proposed to dispatch a group of medical experts to the earthquake zone.
"Of course our assistance is less significant–in comparison with larger nations–but we are doing what we can–within our abilities–out of the kindness of our heart–since we remember the aid and assistance Iran provided during the 1988 earthquake," stated Badalian.
The government of Iran appealed to Armenia with request for humanitarian aid to help with the aftermath of the disastrous Saturday earthquake. By Monday–2,400 people had died– more than 6,000 were injured–and 135 villages were destroyed.