"The neighboring villages and old districts in the town of Zarand suffered most," Mehdi Abna, the managing director of Kerman's Red Crescent Society told IRNA.
"The toll now stands at 200 dead while more than 500 people were injured," he told IRNA.
More than 50 relief teams from the Red Crescent of Kerman province were dispatched to the quake-hit regions immediately after the incident, he said.
A government plane, carrying relief supplies including 795 tents, 800 blankets, 100 stretchers and some 600 packages of bread is to take off from the capital city of Tehran to the quake-hit areas, the official added.
The quake, with a magnitude of 6.4, was centered on the town of Zarand, about 250 km from the ancient city of Bam that was flattened by a killer earthquake on December 26, 2003.
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