Secretary-General offers condolences to Iran earthquake victimsListen /
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent his sincere condolences to the people and Government of Iran following the earthquakes that struck that country on Saturday the 11th of August.
The earthquakes reportedly caused damage to more than 100 villages leaving at least 250 people dead and more than 2,000 others injured.
Charles Appel has more.
According to media reports, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran some 60 kilometers northeast of the city of Tabriz around 4:53 pm.
Another earthquake followed just eleven minutes later near Varzaghan, located 49 kilometers northeast of the city.
While relief operations are underway, they have reportedly been made difficult by the dozens of aftershocks that followed the two earthquakes.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, the Secretary-General says the United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to relief efforts and humanitarian needs.
Charles Appel, United Nations