Iran – Nearly 300 die in Iran quake
Laaska News August 13, 2012
Local Iranian officials say the death toll from Saturday’s earthquakes will rise to nearly 300 people.
Iranian government officials are shifting from rescue operations to rebuilding in the disaster-affected areas.
The magnitude 6.4 and 6.3 earthquakes hit the northwestern province of East Azerbaijan. 20 villages were devastated in the mountainous area near the focus, with many of the buildings destroyed.
Iran’s interior minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced earlier that 227 people were killed in the quakes. But local authorities say the death toll will reach about 300.
About 16,000 people are living in temporary tents amid aftershocks.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered officials to start rebuilding immediately but the work may be difficult due to the widespread destruction.
Aug. 12, 2012
Iran struggles with quake aftermath
Iran is struggling with the aftermath of its latest earthquake, which struck 60 kilometres northeast of Tabriz on Saturday at the depth of about 10 kilometres.
The Iranians have estimated the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, and the casualties in it, at some 300 dead and 2,600 injured. Only one half of the dead have so far been identified.
Seismologists have issued warnings of possible aftershocks.
In a message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday, his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin offered emergency help.
Russia offers aid to Iran after earthquake
Russia is prepared to help Iran to overcome the consequences of a powerful earthquake, reads the telegram of condolences sent by Vladimir Putin to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
According to official data, 227 people died and 1,380 were injured on Saturday as a result of an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 points. The epicentre of the earthquake was 60km north of the city of Tabriz at the depth of 10km. The first shock was followed by about 50 more earth tremors.
The rescue operation in search of survivors has been completed, the country’s Interior Ministry has announced. Volunteers have started collecting tents, blankets and food for those who have suffered from the elements.
Aug 12, 2012