At least three people are known to have died and forty-one have been injured in earthquakes which have devastated villages in North West Iran.
GV PULL BACK TO LV Mule carrying foods supplies to village
GV Rockslides and food supplies (2 shots)
SVs Fault line tremors (2 shots)
GV Aftermath of earthquake (9 shots)
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Background: At least three people are known to have died and forty-one have been injured in earthquakes which have devastated villages in North West Iran. The tremors affected Tchazar, Zanjan and Churzaq, in the region which lies some 300 kilometres (186 miles) rom Teheran, and registered 4.5 on the Richter Scale. Mules have been used to transport food to the isolated inhabitants after houses were destroyed and roads made impossible by heavy mudslides. Tents, medicines and medical teams have also been dispatched to the affected areas. This is not the first time an Iranian earthquake has taken its toll of the population. In August, 1981, a similar tremor destroyed several villages in the south eastern province of Kerman and caused an estimated 1,500 deaths. Although this earthquake has so far been on a smaller scale, tremors have continued to affect the area and the eventual death toll in the region could rise. It will take some time before the inhabitants recover from their frightening experience. Aid is being sent to the area, but the building work cannot begin until the tremors stop completely.