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Iran earthquakes

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Twenty-six people were killed and some 100 injured when three consecutive tremors hit the districts of Shiraz, Kazeron and Firoozabad in southern Iran on 7 May. At least 35 villages were heavily damaged by the quakes, which measured 6.5, 5.4 and 4.5 on the Richter scale. Within 45 minutes of the disaster, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) despatched four teams of relief workers with ambulances and relief equipment to begin search and rescue operations and transport victims to hospital. "The local community, Shiraz, which is a wealthy, agricultural area, responded quickly with material assistance and shelter for those affected", noted Stefan Baumgartner, Federation representative in Tehran. Tents, blankets, lanterns, canned food, bread and tea were also distributed to survivors by the IRCS and water tankers were sent to the area to provide them with clean drinking water. Tremors were still being felt in the area 48 hours after the initial quakes and Iranian Red Crescent teams continue to survey the mountainous area by helicopter.
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