The devastated earthquake zone near the town of Zarand in central Iran was struck by fresh tremors on Wednesday (21 December) which killed three women school teachers in the already shattered village of Bab-Tanqal.
The devastated earthquake zone near the town of Zarand in central Iran was struck by fresh tremors on Wednesday (21 December) which killed three women school teachers in the already shattered village of Bab-Tanqal. The main earthquake hit the region, about 480 miles (700 km) south-east of Teheran, on Tuesday. The official death toll is now put at 521 with 300 injured, but many hundreds more are still missing and final figures are expected to be higher. Heavy rain has been hampering rescue operations. First film from the region has just arrived.
SYNOPSIS: Villagers were sleeping when the first tremors, shortly before dawn, shook the town of Zarand and nearby villages of Bab-Tanqal, Sarabagh, and the epicentre of the earthquake, Ghisak. It left a landscape of devastation. Many people ran into the streets, but others were trapped as their stone and mud built houses were reduced to rubble. The earthquake measured 6.2 on the Richter scale. This was the third major quake to hit Iran this year. In March, 167 people were killed in Southern Iran and a month later, a second quake hit the South-East killing 352.
Some just wept amidst the wreckage of their homes. For many of those made homeless, it was a question of finding what shelter they could against the bleak Iranian winter. Some just sat in the open air.
Members of the three armed forces arrived to search for survivors, and the air force ferried in medical supplies for the Red Lion and Sun Organisation, equivalent to the Red Cross. They also brought blankets, tents, food, cookers and kerosene heaters for the homeless. The injured were treated at the scene or taken, by rail or helicopter, to Zarand where the Town Hall served to augment the small hospital. Rescue operations are continuing. hampered by heavy rain and with fresh tremors threatening further death and disruption.