The Iranian army has prepared 20,000 packages of dried nuts and fruits to distribute among quake-hit people in the western province of Kermanshah on the occasion of a Persian festival celebrated on the longest night of the year.
General Javad Moalei, a local army commander, says the packages will be distributed Thursday night in different areas of Kermanshah province, which was hit by a deadly quake last month.
Besides the distribution of food and nut packages, other efforts are also underway to help the quake-stricken people ahead of Yalda Night.
“By the end of Wednesday December 20, the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran will deploy at least 400 temporary shelters in one of the areas in Sarpol-e Zahab,” he was quoted as saying in a Farsi report by Mizan News Agency.
According to General Moalei, a temporary medical centre set up earlier by the army is still active in the quake-hit Sarpol-e Zahab offering services to the residents.
The winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year or the longest night of the year, is known as ‘Yalda Night’ in Iran and is annually celebrated by Iranian people across the world based on an ancient tradition. Yalda Night (also known in Iran as Shab-e Chelleh) is a Persian winter event which is commemorated on or around December 20 or 21 each year.