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Desperate cries of 'Help me, help me' greeted university student Peyman Majidzadeh when he arrived at this devastated ancient Silk Road city on the morning of Dec 27, a day after the earthquake.
It is often said that one's true nature is revealed during moments of adversity. For the people of Iran, such a moment was the earthquake that levelled 80% of the ancient city of Bam on Dec 26 and left some 30,000 dead. The outpouring of grief was evident in people from all walks of life.
B>DUNHAO (China):/BSitting in their temporary shelter in a government office, Xiong Qimei hugged her two sons and waited anxiously for word that they could return to their village after crews sealed a gas well in China's south-west that spewed toxic fumes and killed at least 198 people.
B>CHONGQING: /B>Villagers were preparing for sleep when the gas well burst with a bang. Then came choking fumes. Families dashed out of their homes in terror, struggling to breathe in the searing cloud.
B>CHONGQING (China):/BRescue teams yesterday fanned out across a mountainous region of southwest China turned into a 'death zone' by a massive explosion at a natural gas field which has so far claimed 191 lives.