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300 killed in twin quakes in Iran

(Xinhua)

08:19, August 13, 2012

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of Saturday's strong twin quakes in northwest Iran has risen to some 300, the semi- official Fars news agency cited an official as saying on Sunday.

Reza Sadiqi, the governor of Ahar county in East Azerbaijan province, told Fars that the number of fatalities in the quake- stricken regions amounted to 300.

Also, an official from Iran's Red Crescent Society told semi- official ISNA news agency that some 2,600 others were injured.

The quakes, which jolted East Azerbaijan province, damaged some 110 villages, Deputy Interior Minister Hassan Qaddami told Fars earlier in the day.

At least 12 villages had been levelled thoroughly, while 60 others were damaged 50 percent to 80 percent in Ahar region in the province, Fars said.

Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi said medical assistance was being dispatched to hospitals in the three northwestern provinces of East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan and Ardebil, which had received the injured, ISNA said.
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