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Restoration of Historical Areas Damaged in Quake to Start after Assessment, CHO Head


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 27 December 2003


Bam, After the earthquake and Before


The eastern part of the historical town of Bam, which houses a considerable number of historical places including the Bam citadel, has sustained the heaviest damages in a deadly quake that shook the town in the southeastern province of Kerman early Friday, head of the Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO) Mohammad Beheshti said.

He noted a group of CHO experts has been sent to the affected area in order to assess the damages to the historical areas.

The killer earthquake razed a major part of the Silk Road town of bam, with death toll estimates running into the thousands.

Beheshti said head of the bam citadel project Afshin Ebrahimi has been seriously wounded, adding two other experts were unaccounted for and might be buried or trapped under the rubble.

He stressed the restoration of the historical part of Bam, including the Bam citadel, would start as soon as an assessment of damages was made.

Beheshti said once a complete damage assessment is made, an appeal for help in restoration effort may be launched with the international organizations such as UNESCO.




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