Victims of the recent earthquake in Iran’s West Azarbaijan province are in critical condition, but authorities continue to promise to fix their problems soon.
Reports from Hoi, the epicenter of Saturday’s quake, said victims spent Sunday night in the streets in sub-zero temperatures.
According to reports received by Iran International, the process of providing aid to those affected is “horrible”.
People in Hoi, hit by the earthquake, are still deprived of access to their tents, and the government is using water cannons against residents protesting the intolerable conditions.
Videos sent to Iran International show widespread and disorderly distribution of food and essential items among the population.
Another video posted on social media shows people gathering in front of the governor’s office and calling for help.
“We have spoken with the governor about the need for tents. He says he has nothing to do with me. Then don’t let them die in the cold,” said an earthquake-hit citizen.
Also, an online newspaper in Faraz announced that most of Hui’s bakeries were out of operation, not supplying enough bread and distributing it to people.
The Hengaw human rights organization called on people in surrounding cities to help the earthquake victims because “government agencies basically do not have concrete plans for adequate and immediate assistance.”
At least three people were killed and more than 800 injured when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran near its border with Turkey on Saturday.