UK quake survivor vows to start fund for victims of Bam

A British woman who survived the earthquake in Iran is to set up a charity to help people injured in the disaster.

Ruth Millington, a lawyer from Sheffield, dug her way out of a collapsed hotel in the city of Bam after the earthquake hit the area on Boxing Day.

She wants to raise money to support two hospitals treating survivors.

"The compassion of the Iranian people really stood out," she said. "They were still trying to help us even though they had lost their relatives, their homes and their livelihoods."

The International Committee of the Red Cross has launched an appeal for more funds to cope with the aftermath of the earthquake.

It says it needs an extra $30m (£16m) in aid to help an estimated 210,000 people for the next eight months and help combat the spread of disease.

The earthquake killed up to 50,000 people, injured another 30,000 and left 75,000 homeless. Malaria has been endemic in the area, which has also seen outbreaks of typhoid and cholera.

"The scale of the disaster is so great that emergency relief will be required for several months to come" said a Red Cross spokesman.

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