Kobe volunteers to help build homes in quake-hit Iran


A Kobe-based volunteer group will send three members to northwestern Iran on Monday to help build temporary housing in the region, which was devastated by a strong earthquake last month, group members said Saturday.

Hirotoshi So, a 48-year-old architect, and two others will go to a village in southern Qazvin Province where all 50 homes there were reportedly destroyed by the June 22 quake, they said.

They will collect a wide range of data to be used for building housing in the future, they said.

The three are currently studying Iranian customs and culture with an Iranian student. So said, “We want to help construct the houses without infringing on Iranian culture.”

The magnitude 6.3 quake hit Qazvin and surrounding areas, killing more than 200 people and rendering thousands homeless.