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Iran: 7,000 policemen on duty in Bam carrying out rescue operations

Seven Thousand policemen were dispatched to Bam to embark on rescue operations, Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (IRIP) Brigadier General Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf said on Saturday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Four IRIP helicopters are also involved in rescue operation in Bam, he said.

He said that 14 battalions of the police force are currently on duty in Bam and the suburban areas hit by the deadly quake.

Qalibaf also said that the IRIP has set up a field hospital in the area to deliver medical service to the injured people.

Field hospital set up in Bam, doctor says
Kerman, Dec 27, IRNA -- A field hospital was set up in Bam on Saturday, Dr. Mansouri from Tehran's Basij medical center said.

He said that the hospital has been set up in a pre-fabricated construction framework in which about 80 doctors and nurses are working to offer medical help to those injured in the horrible quake.

The doctor said that they need electricity generator to go ahead with surgery operations.

Sniffer dogs save lives of 20 people in Bam
Kerman, Dec 27, IRNA -- Sniffer dogs on Saturday rescued 20 people who had been trapped under debris as a result of a deadly quake which hit the historical city of Bam, southeast Iran on Friday.

Iranian and foreign relief workers, including Germans, are reportedly searching for any survivors under the rubble using the sniffer dogs.

110 reporters, photographers dispatched to quake-stricken region
Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA -- Some 110 domestic and foreign reporters and photographers have been sent to the quake-stricken region in Bam for coverage of the disaster, Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in charge of the press Mohammad Sohfi said on Saturday.

Speaking to IRNA, he said during the past 24 hours over 110 reporters, photographers and representatives of international and omestic news networks have been dispatched to the quake-hit regions through the office.

Tens of foreign reporters and cameramen have applied for visa and to this end preliminary measures have been taken by the office for issuance of visa to them.

The scope of the disaster is so wide that domestic capabilities and facilities are insufficient to fully cover it, he pointed out.

Over 60 foreign reporters from the US, Britain, Japan, Lebanon, Italy, Canada and Germany have been sent to the region, he said.

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