Pak daily urges reluctant donors to ignore politics, assist Iran quake relief efforts

Islamabad, Nov 15, IRNA -- A leading Pakistani English-language newspaper on Wednesday urged the international community to put aside political considerations and help Iran in carrying out relief efforts after the devastating earth quake.

‘The News’ in an editorial commented that the recent earthquake is not as bad as the one in 2003, which killed over 30,000 people however, the need for immediate assistance is rather obvious. “We hope the international community understands that humanitarian aid must trump global politics,” it said.
The paper wrote that this year’s deadliest earthquake hit the northern border region between Iraq and Iraq last Sunday and the death toll by Tuesday has jumped over 450.
“The tremors have continued to be felt in the days since the earthquake with people remaining afraid of staying under their roofs. More than 70,000 people are said to be in need of emergency shelter,” it said.
The daily was of the view that Iran’s efforts for recovery are likely to be complicated by the reluctance of foreign donors to give aid. “The sanctions on Iran must be put aside for aid efforts to continue successfully,” it said.
It went on to say that the best protection against earthquakes is pre-emptive. “It requires creating emergency services and training people on what to do. But more than anything, it involves ensuring that buildings can survive structural damage,” read the paper.
The newspaper added that Iran remains a well-known earthquake zone, which has suffered a number of major earthquakes.
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