The grand prize winner of Iran's international oil cartoon festival, Montenegrin Darko Drljevic, has donated his prize money to the victims of the recent earthquake in Iran's East Azarbaijan province.
On Monday, media outlets reported that the cartoonist had decided to donate the 13,000,000 Iranian rials, which was awarded to him by the first International Cartoon Festival of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company, to the victims of the recent earthquake in northwestern Iran.Born in 1962, Darko Drljevic works as a free artist. He is also the president of the Montenegro Cartoon Association. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ahar, near the provincial capital Tabriz, at 3:53 local time (1123 GMT) on August 11, 2012. The quake struck 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 the Varzaqan and Haris districts, 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. Twelve villages in Varzaqan were completely destroyed by the earthquake and about 60 others were partially destroyed. Thousands of people spent the night outdoors as at least 20 aftershocks rocked the area. Over 300 people were killed by the earthquake and over 3,000 others were injured, according to the Iranian Health Ministry. Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Oskoui is planning to make a documentary about the victims of the natural disaster. FGP/AS/HGL