• Short Summary

    In Iran there are fears that the death toll from the earth-quake that struck the area around Tabas in Kharassan Province on Saturday (16 September) may rise far above the eleven thousand so far known to have been killed.

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    In Iran there are fears that the death toll from the earth-quake that struck the area around Tabas in Kharassan Province on Saturday (16 September) may rise far above the eleven thousand so far known to have been killed.

    SYNOPSIS: The town of Tabas, which is in the north east of the country, was totally destroyed, as were many surrounding villages. Nine out of ten buildings in the area were destroyed. It was the world's strongest earthquake this year - its effects were felt nearly five hundred miles (eight hundred kilometres) away.

    All the town's doctors were reported to have been killed in the disaster and rescue services are being hindered because of the destruction of water, power and telephone connections.

    North eastern Iran has been hit many times by earthquakes - the worst of them ten years ago. Then twenty-thousand died. Tabas was destroyed then as it has been again. One Monday (18 September) the area was visited by Empress Farah, who called the earthquake a heart-rending tragedy. She was flown first to Tabas and then to nearby Ferdous, the centre of relief work for the stricken villagers. The Shah of Iran has declared a period of official mourning.

    Relief work is also being hampered by the difficulties of access to the mountainous area, which is near the Soviet and Afghan frontiers. In Tabas, only six hundred and fifty bodies had been recovered from the rubble. It's understood that only two thousand of the town's thirteen thousand inhabitants survived. Throughout the area, forty villages were reported to have been destroyed. Sixty others suffered serious damage. Aid from overseas relief agencies has been promised.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6WOUFFB9G3PE41ZFOAOAC7PXF
    Media URN:
    VLVA6WOUFFB9G3PE41ZFOAOAC7PXF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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