Thailand provides 2-million-baht financial aid to quake-hit Iran

  • An Iranian girl holds a pack of biscuits as she walks past damaged buildings in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in the western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq, on November 14, 2017, following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that left hundreds killed and thousands homeless two days before. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

The Thai government has contributed the amount of 2 million baht (about 52,000 USD) to the Iranian government as an initial assistance in earthquake relief efforts.

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Halabjah, northeastern part of Iraq close to the border with Iran struck on Nov 12.  The earthquake caused massive damage to the province of Kermanshah in Iran with more than 500 lives were lost and thousands of injuries including damage to basic infrastructure and houses.

In response to this devastating earthquake, the Thai Government contributed the 2 million baht  on humanitarian ground and served as an initial assistance to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the relief efforts, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated today (Nov 18).

The contribution from the Thai government will be handed to the Iranian government through the Royal Thai Embassy in Tehran.

Thus far, there is no report of any Thai citizen has been affected by this earthquake, the ministry said.