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The Challenge of Affordable Housing in Disasters: Western Iran Earthquake in 2017

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2019

Mohammad Heidari
Affiliation:
Community-Oriented Nursing Midwifery Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran Department of Health in Disasters and Emergencies, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Neda Eskandary
Affiliation:
School of Civil, Architecture and Art, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Seyedeh Samaneh Miresmaeeli*
Affiliation:
Department of Health in Disasters and Emergencies, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
*
Correspondence and reprint requests to Seyedeh Samaneh Miresmaeeli, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, No 6, Rashid Yasemi St., Vali-e-asr Ave., Tehran, Iran (e-mail: s.miresmaeeli@gmail.com).

Abstract

In November 2017, a disruptive earthquake occurred in Western Iran. After the major earthquake in Kermanshah, most affordable buildings such as a hospital in Islamabad and a dozen schools were destroyed. According to experts, a dangerous location (construction on the fault), poor quality of concrete, inappropriate connection of the facade to the structure, the use of undesirable construction materials, and low quality of non-structural components are considered as the main reasons for these damages. Regarding the role of government in the developing countries, construction policies should be modified and new policies should be implemented to enhance the structural and non-structural resilience in the buildings.

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© 2019 Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.

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