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Cities in southwest Iran are hit by tremors as floods kill three in Fars province

The cities of Masjed Soleyman, Izeh, Baghmalek in southwest Iran have been shaken by 27 tremors, IRNA reported on Saturday.

Some residential buildings have been partly damaged by the registered tremors over the past few days with the residents getting panicked.

According to the Iranian Red Crescent Society, the rescue and search teams are on high alert. They have set up 8 camps with a capacity of 5,000 people each while 5000 blankets, 6 ambulances and pick-up trucks are on duty and ready to give service.

The measure has been taken to set up camps as more mild earthquakes have jolted a major oil and gas producing area in southwest Iran days after the region was put on maximum alert.

The latest tremors near the towns of Masjed Soleyman and Izeh on Friday -- the heaviest of which measured 3.9 on the Richter scale -- bring to at least 34 the number recorded over a four-day period, seismologists at Tehran University's geophysical institute said.

On Wednesday, President Mohammad Khatami ordered emergency precautions to be taken in and around the towns of Masjed Soleyman, Izeh and Baghmalek in Khuzestan province.

Iran has been on a quake footing after a massive earthquake hit the southeastern city of Bam on December 26, killing up to 30,000 people.

Masjed Soleyman was last hit by a major quake in September 2002, when an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale caused five injuries.

A major quake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the open-ended Richter scale rocked the southeastern city of Bam killing in exceed of 30,000 on December 26.

The historic walled heart of Bam was razed by the temblor, its renowned mud-brick architecture proving ill equipped to withstand the magnitude of the quake.

Iran is situated on some of the world's most active seismic fault lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are of usual occurrence. Meanwhile, three people were reported killed and at least 10 injured when flash floods caused by two days of torrential rains hit Iran's southern Fars province.

Reports said large areas of farmland and several roads were washed away in the flooding, which hit several districts to the south of the city of Shiraz.

The body of one 16-year-old boy has already been recovered in Dehram district, south of Shiraz.

State television said some 50 villages had to be evacuated by the inhabitants, with several main roads closed.

Local officials said the province was in need of relief supplies from the Iranian Red Crescent, explaining that most of the area's emergency stockpiles had been sent to help victims of the December 26 earthquake in Bam.

Another earthquake rocks Bam

An earthquake measuring 3.8 on Richter scale jolted the city of Bam, in the southeastern province of Kerman, on Sunday.

The Tehran University's Geophysics Institute said that its seismological network registered the tremor as occurring at 08:39 hours local time (0509 GMT).

A devastating quake measuring 6.3 on Richter scale on December 26 hit the city of Bam, killing more than 30,000 people.

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