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VIDEO: Iranians mourn as earthquake death toll passes 300

An official report from Iran’s health minister says the official death toll is now 306 – the majority of them women and children.

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AN OFFICIAL REPORT compiled by Iran’s minister for health has put the death toll from the country’s two weekend earthquakes at over 300.

Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi’s report, laid before the country’s parliament this morning, puts the number of deaths at 306. The figure includes 219 women and children.

Previous estimates put the number of casualties at 227. The revised estimate appears to take account of a number of people who were buried by their families before officials had arrived.

The report also notes a total of 3,037 people injured, with around two-thirds of these given first aid at the scene, including around 700 emergency surgeries.

The two earthquakes – measuring 6.4 and 6.3 in magnitude – hit the north-west of the country on Saturday, causing major damage to towns and villages in Iran and across the border in Azerbaijan.

Rescue operations have been abandoned, with authorities saying the chances of finding any more survivors are virtually zero.

Read: Rescuers dig for survivors after quakes kill 250 in Iran

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