Iran Condoles Pakistan over Deadly Earthquake
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed condolences over the death of scores of Pakistanis in the recent earthquake jolted the southwestern Pakistan.
In a message on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and destruction as a result of major earthquake in Pakistan.
She also voiced Iran’s preparedness to provide humanitarian assistance for people in the quake-hit regions.
The latest 7.7-magnitude quake which struck Pakistan's thinly populated province of Balochistan on Tuesday was so strong that its tremors were felt as far away as Karachi, Hyderabad, and India's capital, Delhi.
Balochistan government spokesman Jan Buledi put the death toll at 238, with more than 200 of the deaths in Awaran town and the surrounding villages. He has warned that the death toll could rise. At least 340 people have been injured.
In the worst affected area, Awaran, around 90% of houses in the district had been destroyed, as people in the region mostly live in mud houses.
The army deployed helicopters and hundreds of soldiers to help deal with the rescue effort in the huge, earthquake-prone province of deserts and rugged mountains bordering Iran and Afghanistan, but the rough terrain is said to be hampering the rescue operation.