Sunday, December 28, 2003

Iran Quake Toll Rises to 25,000; Injured Fill Hospitals, and Streets

New York Times

"International rescue teams began arriving with sniffer dogs and detection equipment. One dog team dug out 20 survivors, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said.

The use of dogs, which are considered unclean by most Muslims, was a sticking point in rescue efforts in 1990, after the most deadly earthquake ever to strike Iran. It killed about 50,000 people."

I hadn't even thought about the dog issue. I'm glad they capitulated though. It seems almost every building in the city collapsed. Terrible.

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