On 9 April 2013, an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude hit southwestern Iran near the city of Khvormuj and the towns of Kaki and Shonbeh in Bushehr province. The official disaster mitigation committee took immediate actions to coordinate rescue teams equipped with 24-hour medical air assistance. Overall, 160 victims were transferred to and treated in the Khvormuj hospital, while 139 survivors were transferred to the hospitals in Bushehr for specialized care. The survivors have been settled in temporary shelters with adequate primary supplies. Considering the hot climate of the area, immediate measures should be taken in order to avoid any further casualties particularly heatstroke, dehydration, diarrheal and vector-borne diseases.
Affiliation: Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
I am an associate professor of anesthesiology and fellowship in critical care medicine. I work as director of Shohada hospital ICU, and General ICU of Imam Reza hospital of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. I am also vice chancellor for education of Anesthesiology department of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences