Makeshift Schools in Quake-Hit Areas

Makeshift Schools in Quake-Hit AreasMakeshift Schools in Quake-Hit Areas

Around 60-70 schools were damaged (10%-100%) in the quake-hit regions of the northeastern Khorasan Razavi Province, said Mansour Mojaveri, director general for planning and budget at the Education Ministry, on Wednesday.

“Container schools and tents have been set up in the affected areas to temporarily accommodate students until reconstruction of the school buildings, which is estimated to cost $5 million (200 billion rials), he said, ISNA reported.  Following the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Sefidsang village (81 km southwest of the shrine city of Mashhad) on April 5, nearly 930 aftershocks ranging between 1 and 5 magnitude on the Richter scale rattled the region, said Hojatali Shayanfar, director general of the provincial Crisis Management Office.

He added that the last registered aftershock of 4.1-magnitude occurred on April 11. “More than 1,800 residential buildings in Sefidsang and nearby villages were damaged over 60% in the quake. Projects for reconstructing and renovation of damaged residential units have begun in cooperation with the Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution,” he added.

Khorasan Razavi straddles several major faults (21 active faults) and is among the highly quake prone regions. During the past ten years, 127 earthquakes stronger than 3.5-magnitude have jolted the province that is home to Iran’s holiest shrine, the mausoleum of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Shia Imam.


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