NYT: Iranian Quake Death Toll 25,000

Iran Quake Toll Rises to 25,000; Injured Fill Hospitals, and Streets – KERMAN, Iran, Dec. 27 — As rescue workers raced to the ancient city of Bam, officials there raised the death toll from its 12-second earthquake on Friday to 25,000, and worried that it could go much higher. [NY Times]

This is truly horrifying, terrible news, both in scale and human suffering. It is comforting however to know that whatever political and historical differences may exist that it is possible for humanitarian concerns for injured and grieving human beings to prevail, as shown by the aid now flowing in from across the world. My prayers and hopes go out to the survivors.