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Iran: People in Tabriz form one km queue for blood donation

People in northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz have formed a one kilometer queue for blood donation for those injured in Bam quake, IRNA reported.

The head of East Azarbaijan province Blood Transfusion Organization Rahim Dehkhoda said that 1,300 people have offered blood so far and asked the volunteers to come tomorrow.

He said that the capacity is full for maintenance of the blood adding that the volunteers have been asked to come tomorrow and the following days.

He thanked the national solidarity of Azarbaijani people and said that the province's center has a limited capacity to keep and transfer the donated blood.

"Since the blood will be much needed in the following days, we asked the volunteers to come tomorrow and the following days for better coordination for supplying blood to the hospitals," he said.

He said that the people offered more than 600 liters of blood on Saturday.

Khorasan province dispatches aid to Bam

Khorasan Province's Red Crescent Society (RCS) dispatched relief aid to the war-stricken people in Bam on Hercules C-130 cargo plane and 20 trucks, IRNA reported from Mashhad.

Khorasan province's RCS managing director Ali Hosseini said that the cargo plane and the trucks carried 5,000 emergency tents, 21,000 blankets, 50,000 pieces of bread, detergents and cooking heaters.

Hosseini said that 500 volunteers have applied to go to Bam for rescue and relief operations.

He said that the RCS in Khorasan province is mobilizing the people to help the war-stricken people in Bam.

People in Fars dispatch humanitarian aid to quake-stricken region

Secretary of Natural Disaster Headquarter in Fars province Hamid Taghizadeh said here on Saturday that the people of the province have dispatched a consignment of humanitarian relief aid to the site of killer quake, IRNA reported from Shiraz.

Speaking to IRNA, he said the consignment consisted of foodstuffs, bread, mineral water, blankets and clothes which were sent aboard 52 trucks.

Some 64 light machinery along with 102 heavy machinery were also sent to the quake-stricken area, he said.

Two truck-loads of pharmaceuticals and one medicopter were sent to Bam, he pointed out.

Some 500 skilled relief workers, 35 water and fuel tankers, three pickup trucks and one van of pasteurized milk were among the items sent to the Kerman province, he said.

He lauded the significant role of people in rendering relief aid to people in Kerman province.

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 degrees on the Richter scale rocked the city of Bam in Kerman province on Friday, killing thousands of people and injuring thousands of others.

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