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Damages sustained in Iran’s southeastern city of Saravan following an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, April 16, 2013

Damages sustained in Iran’s southeastern city of Saravan following an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, April 16, 2013

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday."
The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) has expressed condolences over a recent earthquake in southeastern Iran. In a message on Thursday, the UN body expressed sorrow over the incident and sympathized with the families of the victims as well as the Iranian nation and government. UN-Habitat also announced that it is ready to provide support for those affected by the earthquake. A 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday. The strong tremor struck a sparsely populated rural area between the Iranian provincial cities of Saravan and Khash at a depth of 95 kilometers (59 miles) at 3:14 p.m. local time (1044 GMT) on Tuesday. The quake, unprecedented in the past 40 years, prompted officials to declare a state of emergency in the region. Deputy Governor of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province Mahmoud Miri said that one person had been killed and five others injured in the city of Saravan. SN/HMV