NCRI - Pointing to the country’s poor preparedness for natural disasters, the head of Iranian regime’s Crisis Management Organization said that “Tehran is only ten percent prepared for a possible earthquake.”

According to the state-run Mehr news agency on January 27, Mohammad-Esmaeil Najjar said that nearly 175 earthquakes above 4 on the Richter scale occur in Iran every year.“When the country’s capital is only ten percent prepared against an earthquake, we should not expect a miracle. Today, the world has secured itself (against such disasters) using collaborative knowledge, whereas we’re still lacking a full preparedness.”

Iranian regime’s Deputy Interior Minister said that the country is faced with a crisis at any moment. “We are too poorly prepared for incidents, particularly in Tehran”, he added, “In other words, one can say that our preparedness is based on probabilities and events, whereas we need to take preemptive measures in order to avoid damages.”

“Unlike Bam, you can’t pull bodies out of the rubble using shovels and picks”, said Najjar, “Today, Tehran’s skyscrapers are like mountains of metal, cement and building materials that dozens of people together are not able to move even a small piece of them, needing world’s modern equipments in order to do so. The question is, do we have such equipments having built such tower blocks?”

“Following the Bam earthquake, ordinary people were working on the ruins with their shovels and picks, playing a role in the relief operation. But is it possible to do the same in Tehran with such primitive tools?”, he added.

“As everyone knows, debris removal operation of Plasco Building is still going on nine days after its collapse”, said Najjar, “with so far only reaching the final stages. And it should be noted that compared to many other buildings in Tehran, Plasco is considered a relatively small one.”

“More than 80 percent of regions in Iran are prone to natural disasters”, said Najjar.

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