News ID: 280877
Published: 0411 GMT February 19, 2021

President urges speedy relief operations in quake-stricken areas

President urges speedy relief operations in quake-stricken areas
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake which rocked the town of Sisakht in Kohgilouyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province on February 17 has caused widespread damage to the buildings.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged speedy relief operations in quake-stricken areas in the southwestern province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad.

In a phone conversation with the province’s Governor-General Hossein Kalantari, President Rouhani stressed the need to use all the capacities to advance the relief operations in the quake-hit region and the need for temporary settlement of the people whose homes are damaged, according to IRNA.

He said that due to the cold season, the relief workers should speed up services to the people of the earthquake-stricken areas.

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the town of Sisakht in the province late on Wednesday.

It has injured 35 people and caused widespread damage in nearby mountain villages. The quake struck at 10:05 p.m. near Sisakht, a mountainous district of Kohgilouyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, AFP reported.

It has caused “extensive damage to buildings, infrastructure and homes,” IRNA reported. According to a preliminary survey, “78 villages suffered serious damage with some houses completely destroyed,” it said.

The magnitude of the quake was sufficiently large that most villagers spent the night out in the open for fear of aftershocks, it added.

Iran sits astride the boundaries of several major tectonic plates and experiences frequent seismic activity. In June, a quake near Mount Damavand, Iran’s highest peak, killed one person and injured more than 20 just east of the capital Tehran.

On November 12, 2017, the western province of Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3 magnitude quake that killed 620 people.

The deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990. It destroyed the northern cities of Roudbar, Manjil, and Loushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.

The city of Bam in the southeastern province of Kerman also witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.





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