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12/31/03

Iran: German and British rescue workers return home from Bam

Some 50 German search-and-rescue workers arrived in Frankfurt Tuesday evening following the end of their recovery efforts in the quake-hit Bam region, IRNA reported from Berlin on Wednesday quoting the local media.


photo: ISNA

The team was accompanied by its sniffer dogs as they exited the charter plane at Frankfurt's Rhein-Main Airport.

One of the aid workers voiced his deep frustration over the lack of success in finding more survivors in the rubbles of Bam.

"We have hoped for a miracle until the very end," said Frank Thomas of the government-run THW aid agency.

"Everything was destroyed, nothing could have been done," he added.

The German rescue team was one of the first to arrive in Bam following Friday morning's devastating quake in southeastern Iran.


photo: ISNA

British rescue team leaves Iran's quake site
A specialized British search and rescue team that had come to Iran to assist in the search and rescue effort left the quake-shattered southeastern city of Bam, Kerman province, on Tuesday, the British Embassy reported in a statement issued on Wednesday in Tehran.

The embassy stressed in the statement that team members praised their Iranian counterparts saying that they appreciated how well Iranian officials were coping with the needs of the disaster.

"We are impressed by how well the Iranians have been dealing with the complexities involved in running an aid and relief operation of this magnitude," said James Brown, head of the UN emergency mission to Bam, adding, "they have been brilliant".

The 68-member team was one of the first international teams to arrive in Iran.

They brought with them equipment, including the latest heat-seeking technology, and two sniffer dogs.

The team was accompanied by a team of four experts from the UK's Department for International Development, who conducted an urgent assessment of how the British government can best help the relief effort.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has stressed that the scope of this human tragedy and the enormity of the task undertaken by the Iranian government in the relief effort.

Blair has stressed that the UK stood ready to assist Iran saying that, "the victims of this tragedy are in all our thoughts and prayers".

Also, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on Friday called the Bam earthquake as a 'tragedy', stressing that UK is ready to do everything within its power to meet demands of the quake-stricken people.

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