2nd LD-Writethru: 5 killed, 84 wounded in S. Iran earthquakes


TEHRAN, July 2 (Xinhua) -- At least five were killed and 84 wounded in three earthquakes measuring above magnitude 6 that shook Iran's southern province of Hormozgan early Saturday, semi-official Fars news agency quoted an emergency official as saying.

Among the injured were 29 hospitalized, said Mojtaba Khaledi, a spokesman for the country's emergency services.

Khaledi said earlier that ambulances and helicopters have been sent to the quake-hit areas, adding in some places power outages occurred.

The first 6.1-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of 10 km at 2:02 a.m. local time (2132 GMT Friday), followed by two strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitudes a few hours later. Many aftershocks with a magnitude of above four have also been registered.

The earthquakes have damaged some houses in rural areas, destroyed a number of bridges and overpasses, and caused landslides on roads.

Mokhtar Salahshour, CEO of Hormozgan Province's Red Crescent Society, said the rescue work has ended and people have been given refuge in emergency shelters, adding tents and aid items have been distributed.

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