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Five days after Iran quake people suffering from shortage of food, shelter

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Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaqan near Ahar, in East Azerbaijan province, August 12, 2012.
Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaqan near Ahar, in East Azerbaijan province, August 12, 2012.
Five after the devastating earthquakes in Iran’s northwestern provinces, the people of these regions are worried over lack of shelter, food and threats of the spread of epidemic diseases, state-run media reported on Tuesday. In the meantime, the mullahs’ Majlis (parliament) speaker delivered a secret report to the members in order to cover up the vast amount of destruction and the actual number of casualties.
“Damages in the earthquake hit areas are very high. In some rural areas we witnessed that 100% of the homes were destroyed. Currently, the people are facing problems such as the lack of hygiene services and supervision,” Ali Larijani said during his visit to the earthquake stricken areas.
“The important issue that we are now facing is livestock in the villages that remain under the rubble, dead or alive, and a humanitarian catastrophe will take place if urgent action is not taken,” Majlis member Dolatgari said.
“There is no trace of the dispatched physicians and psychologists which the Madame Minister had promised,” said Dehghani, Majlis member from the earthquake hit city of Varzaghan. “The trend of treating the people is proceeding with much difficulty and the injured are facing serious problems in this regard.”
Furthermore, state-run media reported the people of Tabriz spent Tuesday night in parks in fear of the aftershock that struck the area that evening. They were not willing to return to their homes.
“To this moment 720 aftershocks have shaken East Azerbaijan Province, 257 of which were above 2.5 Richter and 27 above 4 Richter,” said the mullahs’ Crisis Management chief.