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The International Rescue Committee responds to the earthquake on Lesbos


The eastern Aegean island of Lesbos was rocked by an earthquake measuring 6.2 R on the Richter scale on Monday. One woman lost her life and at least ten other people were injured when the quake-damaged houses in the village of Vrissa collapsed. Twelve villages in southern Lesbos were reported to have suffered most damages from Monday’s earthquake as buildings were completely destroyed.

The International Rescue Committee offered support to the local municipality to assist local residents who were unable to stay at their destroyed houses. An IRC team arrived at the local football stadium on Monday night where approximately 50 people from the quake-affected village of Vrissa had been relocated for temporary housing. In coordination with the Greek army and police, the IRC distributed WakaWaka portable solar chargers, sleeping mats, cots and toilet paper to support the response, as well as two chemical toilets at the request of the municipality.

IRC psychologists were on site to provide counseling and emotional support to the villagers.

Authorities in Greece have declared a state of emergency on the island of Lesbos as 800 people are left homeless after their homes were completely destroyed.

The International Rescue Committee has been responding to Europe’s refugee crisis on Lesbos since July 2015.

About the IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.