Four months past the earthquake, many families are still living in tents and using the bathroom in a park.
One of the residents of Sarpole Zahab said, “The situation is particularly bad for women. Many have suffered miscarriages and pregnant women are living in difficult conditions in tents.”
He said, “Pregnant women had been promised to get a trailer. Our neighboring woman went to get hers, she was told that she could get a trailer only if she was eight or nine months pregnant.” Some women have to deliver their babies in these same tents and they have nowhere else to go. Then they contract infections and face thousand other problems.
A recent suvey indicates that stress and depression is high among residents of this area, but higher in women in comparison to men. (The state-run Salamatnews.com, March 15, 2018)