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Iran: Quakes damage 18 historical monuments in Boroujerd

Borujerd, Lorestan Prov, April 2, IRNA-Recent quakes damaged 18 historical monuments in this western Iranian provincial city, said a cultural heritage official here on Sunday.

Head of the provincial office of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Hojjatollah Yarmohammadi told IRNA that Jame Mosque, Imam Khomeini Mosque, Movasaqi religious theater, Nekouie religious theater, Qale Hatam bridge, Imamzadeh Jaafar (AS) mausoleum and the Iftikhar-ul-Islam, Birjandi and Mesri sanctuaries suffered five to 70 percent damage in the serial quakes.

Yarmohammadi said Imamzadeh Khalid Bin Ali (AS) mausoleum had sustained the highest damage in the event.

The official said that furthermore, 12 tourist sites and facilities were also damaged by five to 25 percent in the natural incident.

He said it is not yet clear how much the damage costs.

Based on statistics available, there are more than 200 historical places in Boroujerd, about 90 of which registered as national monuments.

Earthquakes, with the magnitudes falling in the range of 4.7, 5.1, 5.5 and six degrees on the Richter scale, rattled provincial cities of Boroujerd and Doroud from Thursday evening until early Friday.

The natural disaster killed 70 citizens and injured 1,300 others, devastating almost 330 villages partially or totally.

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