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20,000 dead in Iran earthquake

Agencies | December 27, 2003 11:15 IST

Rescuers battled near freezing temperatures to try and save anyone buried alive under the rubble of buildings in Bam, the historic town in southeast Iran devastated by an earthquake.

Most of the residents were sleeping when the quake struck early Friday, destroying the ancient Silk Road city and killing, according to government officials, more than 20,000.

Tens of thousands were reported injured in the town, about 975km southeast of capital Tehran.

Bam Governor Ali Shafiee told state television, "The city must be built from scratch."

For many of the survivors it was a tough battle. In the absence of water, electricity and gas, they spent Friday night in the streets in temperatures below 0 degree Celsius.

CNN quoted the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as saying that as much as 80 per cent of Bam was destroyed, including both of the town's hospitals, forcing people to seek medical attention in the provincial capital, Kerman, about 160km northwest.

President Mohammad Khatami described the quake as a "national tragedy" and said it was too huge for Iran to cope with alone.


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Number of User Comments: 5

Sub: Heartfelt

India has not offered any voluntary help for Iran. Countries like Italy, China, Japan, etc. have gone all out for the people of Bam. Really ...

Posted by Mohammed Samir Moosa

Sub: aid

its very sad that such a big disaster occured all the nations shud rush aid to iran bcos the climatic conditions are severe at present ...

Posted by irfan

Sub: Neanderthaal can spend billions on war.

Let us see whether he goes to the rescue of Iran.

Posted by chanakya

Sub: iran earthquake

we all pray god to give peace in soul who died and to give strenth to recover fast injured people.

Posted by lakshminarayan

Sub: we are with at the moment

We condole the death of so many humanbeing. we are very sad to learn about it. May god give them peace in heaven. We pray ...

Posted by syed Tahir Husain



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