(Newsroom America) -- A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Iran has left scores of people dead and hundreds injured with the death toll expected to rise, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA.
Two earthquakes measuring 6.2 and 6.0 Richter shook Ahar and Varzagan cities in East Azerbaijan province on Saturday afternoon local time, with numerous strong aftershocks continuing.
Governor of Ahar city Reza Seddiqi told IRNA that in the tremor around 60 villages have been damaged 50 to 80 percent and four villages have been totally destroyed.
The governor said 5 percent of city buildings are also damaged, with a strong need for tents, medical teams, road construction machines, blankets and foodstuffs.
He said the death toll could rise.
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