Iran halted efforts to rescue survivors as the focus shifted to treat scores of injured in the region’s overcrowded hospitals. The number of people killed in the earthquakes rose to 300, with 2,600 injured.
Local officials report that some twenty villages in the area have been completely leveled. Lack of adequate hospital beds, tents, food and other supplies were hampering the emergency work.
Meanwhile, ISNA quoted a spokesman for the Iranian Red Crescent as saying that there is no need for foreign aid. Many countries and international organizations, including Japan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF, have offered their help.