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Iran: UN representatives arrive in Boroujerd to asses dimensions of quake losses

Boroujerd, April 1, IRNA-A group of UN representatives arrived in Boroujerd Saturday to visit the quake stricken regions of Lorestan province, assess the dimensions of inflicted losses, and survey ways to assist quake victims.

The five-member UN team is dispatched by the UN Development Plan (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The group's guide told IRNA Saturday afternoon that the UN mission will after surveying the dimensions of losses and evaluating the immediate needs of the quake victims report them to their affiliated UN based organizations.

Anahita Akhtari added, "The United Nations would in turn ask all its member countries to assist those humanitarian organizations to heed the short and long term needs of the devastating quake's victims.

Another 4.3-Richter quake shook suburbs of Boroujerd in this western Iranian province at 12:01:09 hours (08:31:09 GMT) on Saturday.

The province was first hit by a major quake Thursday evening and has been shaken by 71 aftershocks since then.

Tehran University's Geophysics Institute reported that today's quake was felt in an area measuring 33.79 degrees in latitude and 48.81 degrees in longitude.

A quake measuring six degrees on the Richter scale also hit suburbs of Doroud, another city of Lorestan located 80 kilometers east of Khorramabad, at 04:47 hours (01:17 GMT) on Friday.

The quake was followed by 71 minor quakes and aftershocks which have killed 70 people and injured 1,300 more.

The earthquakes in both cities of Lorestan province have rendered about 15,000 families homeless.

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