The number of victims of the earthquake that occurred on Saturday in the north-west of Iran in East Azerbaijan Province, reached 250 people, the number of victims was 1.8 thousand, according to the Iranian news agency Fars Sunday citing Deputy Interior Minister and leader of the Emergency Management Office at Hassan Kadami.
Previously reported 220 dead and 1.5 thousand victims.
"According to the latest data, 250 people were killed and more than 1.8 thousand people were affected by the earthquake. Destroyed some 110 villages, and we hope that the number (of victims and survivors) will not increase," — leads the agency Kadami words.
According to him, now cleared most of the debris, people are provided with adequate support.
"At present, all the rubble cleared away, in the rubble of houses unoccupied. Taking all the necessary measures to provide assistance to the population," — said Kadami.
As RIA Novosti over the phone at the Russian Embassy in Tehran, the data that could be among the victims of the Russians, no.
"We have no information on the availability of Russian citizens among the victims. Consulate in Rasht clarifies this issue," — said the representative of the embassy.
According to the Geological Survey of Iran, the magnitude of the earthquake that occurred in 16.53 local time, was 6.3. Hearth quake was at a depth of 9.8 kilometers to 32 kilometers from the city of Ahar East Azerbaijan Province. One of the aftershocks of magnitude 6 or less was at 4.17 local time recorded in the nearby town Varazkan. In addition, the tremors were also detected in other northern provinces of Iran, in particular, West Azerbaijan, Gilan, Zanjan and Ardebil.
In addition, the Iranian Fars news agency, citing the head of the Association of Seismological Research, Tehran University Farhang Ahmadi-Gibeah reported that during a day or two possible aftershocks.
Iran is among the ten most earthquake-prone regions of the world, there is almost every ten years an earthquake with magnitude greater than 7.0. Thus, in December 2003, 6.3 magnitude earthquake victims in Bam in the south-east of the country were more than 31 thousand people, about 42 thousand were injured. The city itself, as well as the famous castle was almost completely destroyed.