Iran boosts earthquake relief efforts

  • Iran has ramped up relief operations following Saturday's twin quakes around the northeastern city of Tabriz, which killed more than 200 people.

    Iran's Red Crescent has transformed a sports stadium into a makeshift shelter and provided 6,000 tents to some 16,000 people left homeless.

    Authorities said search and rescue operations have ended as most residents had been accounted for.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first, 6.4-magnitude quake struck at 17:23 local time on Saturday northeast of Tabriz. The second 6.3 tremor hit the same area just 11 minutes later.

    State television reported some 20 villages in the region were completely destroyed, while hundreds others suffered severe damage.

    Iran has reportedly turned down offers of assistance from the U.S., Turkey, Taiwan, Singapore and Germany, saying it was able to cope with the disaster.