Iranian medical teams set up makeshift hospitals at the quake-stricken areas to treat the injured people following two powerful earthquakes on August 11 (file photo).
Iran's Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi says the death toll from the two powerful earthquakes in the Eastern Azerbaijan Province has risen to 306.
“268 people, 219 women and 49 men, lost their lives in hospitals” while the rest were killed on the spot, Vahid-Dastjerdi said on Monday.
The Iranian minister added that 3037 people have been injured as a result of Saturday’s temblors.
On Saturday, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ahar, near the provincial capital Tabriz, 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles).
Another quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted Varzaqan and Haris, which are located near Ahar, 11 minutes later at a similar depth. The epicenter of the quake was 49 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz.
Vahid-Dastjerdi said because the under-construction hospital at Varzaqan was not ready to admit the injured people, medical teams set up makeshift hospitals and sent the injured to Tabriz, Ardebil and Meshkin Shahr.
Thousands of people were forced to remain outdoors as at least 20 aftershocks rocked the area.
A number of countries have offered their condolences to the Iranian nation and government over the deadly incidents.
Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States expressed sympathy with the Iranians over the quakes.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Pope Benedict XVI also voiced sympathies.
The Swiss government also announced that it is ready to provide humanitarian aid to the quake-stricken people.