|Rouhani orders prompt response to quake in southern Iran||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered a prompt response to the earthquake that hit southern Iran on Thursday.
An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale struck Bastak City in Hormozgan Province at 6:43 a.m. local time (0313 GMT) on Thursday, according to the Iranian Seismological Center.
The quake left at least one person dead and 30 others injured and caused serious damage to the city’s buildings and infrastructure, the media reported. However, electricity lines, water networks, and landline telephone services were restored soon in most parts of the city.
In a telephone conversation with Hormozgan Governor Jasem Jaderi on Friday, Rouhani expressed sympathy with the victims of the quake and issued orders to step up efforts to send aid and equipment to the affected people.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines, and is prone to earthquakes.
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