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News: Iranian society

1,300 killed or wounded in western Iran quake

1,300 killed or wounded in western Iran quakeNCRI - At least 70 people were reported killed when a powerful earthquake struck Lorestan Province, western Iran, on Friday, wiping out villages and sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes. Over 1,200 people were also reported to have been wounded.

According to official reports the quake was rated at 6.0 on the Richter scale which struck at 04:47 am (01:17 GMT).

Mohammad Reza Mohseni Sani, mullahs' governor of Lorestan Province, told the state television that some 330 villages suffered damages between 40 to 100 percent.

Poorly built houses using mud is the main reason for high number of casualties in Iran when quake strikes and in view of frequent tremors in the country the regime has no plan to improve the state of housing in accordance with standards for quake zones.

People in the area are expressing their dissatisfaction with the rescue operations and the hospitals are filled with wounded with no adequate medicine to help them. The number of casualties are expected to rise.

In a message to the nation, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, expressed her deep condolences to the victims of the earth quake and appealed for their direct help to the victims.

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