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UN rushes aid to quake site after Iran seeks help

Written by: Staff

United Nations, Apr 4: The United Nations is rushing food, tents and other emergency goods to western Iran after a strong earthquake struck the region and the government welcomed international help, UN officials said.

The series of earthquakes which hit on Friday has affected an estimated 100,000 people in and around the cities of Doroud and Boroujerd, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA.

Seventy people have been killed and more than 1,300 injured in the disaster, the office said.

Forty of 130 villages in the Boroujerd area were completely destroyed and about 10,000 homes either damaged or completely wrecked by the quake, the UN office said.

Many people have begun sleeping outdoors for fear of aftershocks and additional earthquakes in an area where temperatures often drop sharply overnight, OCHA said yesterday.

OCHA and the World Food Program have allocated 50,000 dollars for urgently needed tents and blankets and have transported 170,000 dollars in water storage containers, water purification units, generators, kitchen sets, tents, blankets and other relief supplies to the area from a UN warehouse in Brindisi, Italy.

The UN Children's Fund UNICEF is making available 100,000 dollars plus 10,000 blankets and 300 tents that had been stored in Bam, Iran, the site of a devastating 2003 quake that killed some 31,000 people.

The UN Population Fund has contributed 100,000 dollars, the UN Development Program 150,000 dollars and the World Health Organization 50,000 dollars, a UN statement said.


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