At least five people died and 49 were injured this Saturday in two earthquakes of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale and many aftershocks that shook southern IranIranian media reported.
The earthquakes hit the southern province of Hormozgán at dawn and especially the town of Sayeh Khosh, in the area of Bandar Khamir, near the Strait of Hormuz, which suffered serious damage.
“There are five dead and 44 injured as a result of the earthquakes in Hormozgán”, Iranian Emergency Services spokesman Mojtaba Khalidi said earlier. Since then, the number of injured has grown to 49.
The source indicated that 22 injured remain hospitalized and the rest have been discharged. A person in charge of Bandar Khamir, Foad Moradzadeh, told the ‘IRNA’ agency that the victims occurred in the first earthquake, since during the second and aftershocks people were in the streets, outside their homes.
State television showed images of collapsed houses, people on the streets and rescue teams at work in Sayeh Khosh. The governor of the province of Hormozgán, Mehdi Dustí, stated that the rescue work began hours ago and that they believe that no one is left under the rubble.
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“With the efforts of rescuers and people, no one is left under the rubble and aid distribution has begun”, Dosti told the ‘Fars’ agency. The source said nearly 80 villages lost power as a result of the tremors and power has been restored in 53 of them so far. In addition, water has been cut off in the affected region and several bridges and roads were damaged.
Iran has a strong seismic activity as the country is situated on the boundary of several tectonic plates and is traversingdue to various failures. In November 2017, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake caused 620 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries in the northwestern province of Kermanshah, while in December 2003 nearly 30,000 people perished in another in the southern town of Bam.
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