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6/3/04

Iran: Quakes continue to hit city of Bam, President pays third visit

Tehran, June 3, IRNA -- An earthquake with an intensity of 3.4 degrees on the Richter scale hit the southeastern city of Bam in Kerman province at 08:37 hours local time (04:07 GMT) Thursday.

The seismological base of Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the epicenter of the quake somewhere in the vicinity of Bam.

There were no reports of any possible damage to property caused by the quake.

A devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 degrees on the Richter scale rocked the historical city of Bam on December 26, 2003, killing over 30,000 people and injuring tens of thousands of others.

According to the Zurich-based Swiss Re, the earthquake in Bam was the fourth largest in terms of victims since 1970.

President Khatami surveys Bam status personally for 3rd time

In his third visit to the the Bam Quake-leveled city on Tuesday, President Mohammad Khatami surveyed the quality of humanitarian services offered to quake victims, their temporary lodging, and the extent of progress in removing the quake debris.

A 6.3 Richter earthquake leveled the ancient Bam city, the villages in its vicinity and destroyed its historical citadel in Kerman province on December 26, 2003.

President Khatami's first visit to Bam following the killer quake was on December 29, three days after the earthquake, and his second visit on March 24, 2004.

On Tuesday, the president rushed to visit Bam's quake victims immediately after his participation at the ceremony for making operational phase one of the renovation plan of Sarcheshme Copper Plant.

Upon arrival at Bam Airport, President Khatami attended the gathering of a group of quake stricken citizens, listened to complaints, and sympathized with them.

Ministers of Housing and Urban Development, Health, Mines and Industries, and Agricultural Jihad, as well as vice presidents at Environment Protection Organization, tourism, and cultural heritage institutes, the governor of Kerman, and a number of other provincial and government authorities accompanied the president in the visit.

The president then went to a temporary residence city comprised of mobile home, entered one of them and talked to the family residing in it, inquiring about their problems and difficulties.

The quake-stricken victims who were delighted hearing the news on the president's presence waited behind the fence of the temporary city with letters in their hands in which they had reflected their problems, wishing to hand them personally to Khatami.

Health Minister Masoud Pezeshkian, according to whom the volume of work done to provide a healthy environment for Bam residents is considerable and the cathy diseases have been harnessed there, was taking a look at the radiography images if the quake victims under the sun light in a corner of the devastated city.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Ali Abdolalizadeh, too, was answering the questions posed by the quake victims on the comprehensive plans for reconstruction of their city, loans for house construction, and matters related to his ministry's undertakings.

President Khatami arrived a tent on which the word UNICEF was printed. Inside, there were colored ribbons hanging from the ceiling, large and small puppets, and shapes cut with colored papers. The tent is Bam's temporary kindergarten.

He talked to the little victims of the quake in that tent and appreciated the efforts made by their care takers aimed at cheering them up as much as possible.

The president convened a meeting with part of his cabinet and the provincial authorities at Bam Airport at the end of his visit.

The city, too, looked a lot more lively during President Khatami's Tuesday visit compared to his previous two visits.

Even the people, despite their complaints, appeared to be pleased with the amount of work done for their well being and their devastated city's reconstruction. Their satisfaction in that regard was even reflected in many of the letters they handed to Khatami, including a letter of satisfaction including over 30 pages of the Bam residents' signatures at its bottom.

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