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Quake raze 20 villages in southeastern Iran

Kerman, Feb 22, IRNA -- Some 40 villages in Iran's southeastern province of Kerman were destroyed by the strong quake early this morning. Some 20 villages were razed to the ground, said a provincial official. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.4, was centered on the town of Zarand in Kerman province, about 700 km southeast of Tehran.

"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.

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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.

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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.

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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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