On 26 December 2003, an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck
Bam City in south-eastern Iran, and killed at least 42 000
people, injured 30 000, and left 75 000 homeless. The earthquake
destroyed 80 per cent of wells and 87 per cent of the buildings
in the city of Bam, as well as the 2 000 year old medieval
fortress, the largest earthern structure in the world, which
sits on a cliff near the city and attracts thousands of tourists
each year. A total of 18 000 buildings in Bam and surrounding
villages were destroyed including 131 school buildings, three
hospitals, 95 health centres and 14 rural health clinics.
The earthquake killed at least 42 000 people, injured 30
000, and left 75 000 homeless.
Source: REUTERS/Caren Firouz