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Iranian official warns against consequences of earthquake in Tehran

Head of Tehran Crisis Management and Prevention Center, Ali Danesh, speaking in Tehran on Tuesday, said that once the faults in Rey and Mosha become active, they will take toll among six percent of the population, IRNA reported.

Addressing a meeting held to coordinate the involved organizations for the third maneuver of crisis management, he added that studies indicate that in case of such a crisis, 4,000 gas and 540 water pipeline disruptions and electricity failures are likely to occur along a stretch of 18.5 kms.

Referring to lack of harmony between construction of buildings and the high population in the capital Tehran, he noted that around 5,500 buildings and six overpasses along the city's main highways are predicted to collapse.

He noted that the crisis center is responsible for drawing up necessary strategies and policies for tackling natural disasters across Tehran and said, "Some 20 such proposals have already been drawn up, which should be further examined by the officials and be approved."

Turning to two contracts signed between Tehran Municipality and a Japanese research group, he said that the first one is already assessed by the Japanese and preliminary executive measures have been taken.

"The second contract concerns a detailed project on the urban structure of the city and a final report is due to be provided to the effect in the next Iranian year (starting March 21).

Stressing the need for training and preparing Tehrani citizens for facing crises, he noted that if the concerned organizations and institutions cooperate with the Crisis Management Center and provide the required information and statistics, other organizations can be kept informed to keep the public up-dated on the issue at lower costs.

Deputy Head of Tehran Crisis Management and Prevention Center, Mohsen Ebrahimi, who also addressed the meeting, said, "Representatives of 24 organizations in charge of Tehran crisis management and 21 municipal districts of the city will attended the maneuver.

"Besides representatives from the Islamic Republic Guards Corps, Basij Resistance Force and the Medical Society Basij will sponsor the maneuver, while a number of non-governmental organizations and student groups will attend the event," he added.

He said that the main objective of the maneuver is to assess the drawbacks of the project and added that a number of inspectors will attend the crisis sites to make corrections to it.

The official noted that the maneuver is based on an earthquake measuring six on the open-ended Richter scale and the organizations concerned will take measures according to priorities.

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