The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1997 · Page 17
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THE SALINA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1997 C6 T IRAN EARTHQUAKE Hope for quake survivors dwindles Smell of decaying bodies leads villagers and soldiers through rubble of Saturday's earthquake By The Associated Press ARDAKUL, Iran — Anxious to prevent the outbreak of disease, soldiers digging out the victims of the weekend's earthquake hoisted bodies onto stretchers Tuesday and put them ' in a pile for burial in mass graves. In grief, the parents of a 12-year-old girl rushed forward to stop the soldiers. "God took her life. At least give me back the body," said the girl's father, Abbas Rastgou-Ne- jad, whose black pants and jacket were white with dust from digging through the brick, mud ' arid concrete of his crumbled village. The soldiers relented. Moments later, they found her 8-year-old brother. The family took the children's bodies to the stream to wash for burial, according to Muslim traditions. Guided by the smell of decaying bodies, anguished villagers and soldiers wearing scarves across their faces pressed forward with the task of recovering the dead from Saturday's 7.1 magnitude quake. Against all odds, some still hoped to find survivors. Soldiers used bulldozers and spades. Others dug through bricks that once were their homes, some with bare, bleeding hands. Rasul Zargar, Iran's top official for natural disaster relief, dismissed previous government estimates that 2,400 were killed, saying Tuesday that 1,560 had died. His figure was based on surveys of Iranian aid workers who have reached damaged villages in northeastern Iran. The quake smashed the mud houses scattered through this farming region near the Afghan border. More than 4,460 people were ' , • ' \ ' f f '•:" . '• ' '• • ... -»-V • . * " ' < rC i* V V. ,.- ,' ~ ^ ••« Itei'H ^^:7^,^-&71S##' JjNow Accepting Applications for Enrollment for Summer Dciy Clcimp Camp begins May 30 thru August 18 Boys & Girls - 1st thru 6th grade Monday thru Friday Call or Stop by The Salvation 913-823-3441 from 1 pm to 8 pm Monday thru Friday 1137 N. Santa Fe, Salina A woman carries her belongings Tuesday as earthquake in the village of Gazan in eastern injured and 60,000 left homeless, the Iranian Red Crescent Society said Tuesday, adding that not all villages had been reached yet. In Ardakul, where almost a third of thq village's 1,600 residents were killed in Saturday's earthquake, a 12-year-old girl picked through the wreckage. "We have lost everything," said Fatima Yari. Still, her 3-year-old sister, Mehri, survived the earthquake when blankets and mattresses fell on top of her as the roof of their home collapsed. The Associated Press she passes through rubble left by Saturday's Iran. Other residents, worried about the bodies of missing relatives, urged soldiers not to use bulldozers, which earlier tore apart the remains of a young boy and girl. Muslims believe a body should be returned to God as it came into the world — whole. Near-freezing temperatures at night have made survivors miserable. Planeloads of tents, blankets and food arrived Tuesday from neighboring countries, including the oil-rich Arab Gulf. ADVERTISMENT NOTICE TO AT&T CUSTOMERS IN KANSAS Effective Thursday, May 1, 1997, AT&T implemented changes to its AT&T 800 Plan P Service in Kansas. Kansas usage rates were revised to equal AT&T Interstate ratest Now, all calls to your 800 Plan P Service number will be billed at one low rate! The following rate changes were implemented: FROM: Rate Per Minute of Use Day Evening Night/Weekend $0.2750 $0.2000 $0.2000 TO: Rate Per Minute of Use $0.2500 * Supplemental changes to AT&T 800 Plan P Service, Interstate Tariff KC.C. No. 2, include a reduction in the monthly service fee from $4.50 to $2.50 and a name change to AT&T Easy Reach"' 800. If you have questions regarding this change, please call 1 800 441-2528, ext. 40650. BRIEFLY T POPE JOHN PAUL II Government imposes curfew in Kinshasa KINSHASA, Zaire — Zaire's increasingly unpopular government imposed a curfew on Kinshasa on Tuesday and called on civilians to prepare to help the army defend the capital against advancing rebels. Fearing a bloody battle, foreign mediators made a last-minute effort to keep peace talks on track between President Mobutu Sese Seko and Laurent Kabila, the rebel leader fighting to end 32 years of Mobutu dictatorship. Kabila's army claimed its fighters were already in Kinshasa, but Zaire's government denied the report. Raphael Ghenda, the rebel information minister in Lubumbashi, hundreds of miles from Kinshasa, . said "our first troops are in Kinshasa." He said he had no details, and there was no sign of fighting in the capital Tuesday night. • The government has reported heavy fighting on the road to the „ capital, but spokesman Leon Kali;ma said the rebels were not yet in Kinshasa. Remains of communist soldiers found in Vietnam HANOI, Vietnam — The remains of 66 communist soldiers killed in the Vietnam War were i discovered in a mass grave, offi- '; cial media reported Tuesday. ; The North Vietnamese soldiers : are believed to have been killed • :during a 1967 battle against a South • : Korean infantry unit fighting ! 'alongside U.S.-backed allied forces i an South Vietnam. About 320,000 \ South Koreans fought in Vietnam. ; The bodies were found in a 500• foot-wide mass grave on a hill in ' the central province of Quang Ngai, I the site of the battle, the state-run ! Youth newspaper reported. It said many of the bodies were ; unlikely to be identified because of • poor army personnel records, and ' they were recently reburied in a *, military cemetery in the province. Lj ( Government seizes Saudi newspaper ' RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Authorities confiscated a newspaper • for printing an interview with an Islamic militant who has declared war on U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, officials said Tuesday. . Monday's edition of the Arabic. language al-Hayat, which is For Sale: HALE-BOPP COMET Photos 5x7's & SxlO's (can order larger sizes) Photos feature the comet with a barn, windmill, Coronado Heights, mushroom rock &: church spire. Call (913) 825-4760 for appointment owned by a newphew of King Fahd, was seized before it reached newsstands. It contained an interview with Osama Bin Laden, who was stripped of his Saudi citizenship in 1994 and is believed to be a leading financier of Islamic radicals. The Saudi press is strictly censored and articles on Saudi dissidents are banned. In the al-Hayat interview, Bin Laden praised the 1995 and 1996 bombings in Saudi Arabia that killed 24 U.S. soldiers, but denied he was behind them. "I have great respect for the people who did this. They are heroes," Bin Laden was quoted as saying. At least 5,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed in Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally in the region. Malaysia to flog, expel students who smoke KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia's Education Ministry banned cigarettes from schools Tuesday and said students caught smoking would be flogged, suspended or expelled. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a nonsmoking physician, has banned smoking in a growing number of places, including all government offices, cinemas, taxis, buses, trains and hospitals. Students caught smoking will be flogged for a first offense, suspended for a second and expelled for a third, Education Minister Najib Abdul Razak said Tuesday. He said teachers who violate the ban would also be punished, but he did not say how. From Staff Reports Report: Terrorists had plan to assassinate pope By The Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon — Terrorists planned to assassinate Pope John Paul II with rockets during his visit to Lebanon last weekend, two Lebanese newspapers said Tuesday. The leading daily An-Nahar and the Ad-Diyar attributed their reports to unidentified "official sources," but said they had come from the Italian branch of Interpol, the international JOHN PAUL II police. The reports gave no details on how the alleged plot was foiled. The Interior Ministry confirmed Tuesday that the Interpol office in Beirut received reports from Interpol offices in Europe claiming some groups were preparing to assassinate the pope. The statement said the reports were received a day before the vis- it. It said "all necessary security and military arrangements were taken to foil any such attempts." The attackers had acquired 23 Chinese-made rockets from Chinese gangsters and hoped to use anti-aircraft rockets against the pope's plane or helicopters he used in Lebanon, the newspapers said. Lebanese security officials stressed the pope was never in danger because of the extensive security surrounding his visit. Rockets that the would-be attackers hoped to smuggle into Lebanon never arrived in the country, they said. The pope arrived Saturday and celebrated an open-air Mass on Sunday in downtown Beirut attended by about half a million people. The newspapers said the Italians learned of the purported plot from Canadian Interpol, which identified the would-be attackers as members of a previously unheard of Palestinian group calling itself "Jaish Allah," or God's army. ROLLS, ROLLS, ROLLS -StOCk Vinyl SUultaB at 6 mos. no interest <\\ \c > ^•^ ^^ MQHAWKjjJBRAND CARPET CENTRAL 833 East Prescott, Salina • (913)827-8755 $/!!>!> Subscribe Today For Only $9,97(4.™..) 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FREE LANDFILL DAY Sunday, May 18 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The City of Salina Landfill will be open free of charge for residential waste on Sunday, May 18, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to the residents of Saline, Ellsworth, Lincoln and Ottawa Counties. Only vehicles bearing the above county license tags will be permitted to use the landfill free of charge. No commercial business waste or trucks will be allowed. No more than two appliances and/or four car tires will be allowed. No equipment tires will be accepted. In the event of heavy rain, the Landfill will be closed and the free Landfill day will be June 1. If it is raining and you are not sure if the Landfill is open, you may call at 826-7395 to find out. The Salina Landfill is located on Burma Road, southwest of the City Limits, 4 3/4 miles south of Crawford Street. For additional information, please call the Salina Landfill at 826-7395. SPECIAL REFUSE PICKUPS City of Salina sanitation service customers may call for a special pickup for large items such as furniture or limbs. A crew will perform 15 minutes of alley or curbside loading for only $12.00. This service is available year-round. For details, please call the Sanitation Division at 826-7380. .-,... Salina Journal

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