Red Cross authorities estimate that at least five hundred people were killed, three thousand injured and seventeen thousand rendered homeless during an April 24 earthquake that wrecked the town of Lar, Southern Persia.
GV PAN..Rubble and wreckage
GV Military walk past rubble
MV Damaged building
MV Crack in wall
GV Wall collapses
PAN DOWN..wrecked Mosque
GV Through doorway of wreckage
SV Army men climb rubble
SV Man walks past damage
SV Men over rubble mounds
GV First aid tents
CV Injured girl treated
CU Girl bandaged
MV Father carries injured son
SV Struggling crowd round tent truck
CV Struggle for tents
GV REAR of truck and activity
GV Plane taxies in at Shiraz
MV Wounded in plane
CV Old man
CV Man and girl
CV Woman and child, PAN to woman and old man
cu Old man
Lar - waste ground with survivors in FG.
CV Veiled women sit in rough tent
GV PAN ruined buildings and survivors
Initials TDH/V/RS TDH/V/JF/ES
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Background: Red Cross authorities estimate that at least five hundred people were killed, three thousand injured and seventeen thousand rendered homeless during an April 24 earthquake that wrecked the town of Lar, Southern Persia.
Reports state that Lar is even more completely ruined than the Moroccan town of Agadir in which 12,000 people died. Not a single wall remains intact, and survivors are living in the fields in a village of tents dropped by rescue aircraft.
American and Persian air force planes are using an improvised desert landing strip to fly desperately needed medical equipment, food, water and clothing in, and take refugees out to Shiraz, the nearest Persian city with amenities to deal with their needs.
Officials have asked for more troops to cordon off the area and prevent looting. Refugees fought amongst themselves April 28 when a fresh batch of tents arrived.
Medical teams are working against time to vaccinate about 4,000 refugees against typhoid to prevent a possible epidemic. Rescuers were hampered April 28 by a severe earth tremor, but no further casualties were reported. Tremors continued throughout the day and a cloud of dust was seen to rise from a neighbouring mountain, apparently cracked by shocks.