Two earthquakes which struck parts of Northwestern Iran on Saturday have claimed the lives of 306 people and injured more than 4,500 others, medical officials in Tehran announced on Monday.
"Evacuation and transferring the injured people in East Azarbaijan (province) ended in just 24 hours," Head of the State Emergency Center Gholam Reza Masoumi told the Fars News Agency on Monday.
"From the overall 4,500 people injured in the incident, 1200 have been transferred to hospitals, mostly in Tabriz," he said, and added, "The other 3,300 injured people have been registered as outpatients."
"The total number of those killed in the recent quakes in the East Azerbaijan province stood at 306," said Iran's Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi to the Iranian lawmakers in an open session of the parliament here in Tehran on Monday.
The 6.4 and 6.3 quakes struck near Tabriz and Ahar in in East Azerbaijan province on Saturday afternoon, followed by dozens of aftershocks.