Iran Red Crescent Society among top five relief agencies

Tehran, Jan 3, IRNA – Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is among top five relief agencies, head of IRCS Relief and Rescue Organization said on Saturday.

Pir-Hossein Koulivand told IRNA that the IRCS holds the position due to its widescale humanitarian services among the active members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
He further pointed out that IRCS which enjoys modern relief-providing equipment is considered the biggest organization for the purpose in Iran.
Although Iran became of member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1923, altruistic spirit of the Iranian nation prompted the IRCS make a remarkable progress among its counterparts across the world, Koulivand said.
Underlining non-political nature of the national society's activities, he added that seven principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement underlie the IRCS undertakings.
Humanity, neutrality, impartiality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality are the seven principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Koulivand further noted that Iran is one of the top ten countries prone to natural disasters and some 34 types of 40 known disasters are taking place in the country.
Occurrence of the disasters and calamities in Iran has made it stand fourth in terms of the number of victims in the world, after China, Japan and Italy.
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