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Bone-weary rescuers are losing hope of finding more survivors in the rubble of earthquake-flattened cities and towns. But some took heart when a baby girl was found alive in her bed four days after the quake.

Thousands are believed to be buried in the rubble of Manajil and the 341 other cities and towns in northwestern Iran ravaged by Thursday's quake.Officials say at least 50,000 people have been killed, 200,000 injured and half a million rendered homeless.

Foreign aid continued to pour into the Iranian capital, Tehran. More than 130 planes carrying relief supplies, medical volunteers and financial contributions have arrived since Sunday.

Much of the help comes from countries - including the United States - that Iran considers enemies.

French and Iranian rescue teams said an Iranian team from the Red Crescent - the Islamic version of the Red Cross - found the baby girl alive in the family's wrecked home in the mountain village of Kelishom, 30 miles east of Manjil. They had believed the 1-year-old was dead, and were digging into the rubble of what had been a bedroom.

Manjil, on the border between the stricken provinces of Zanjan and Gilan, was virtually destroyed. It lies in the heart of the quake zone, about 125 miles northwest of Tehran.

Col. Gholamreza Gohari, head of police in Gilan province, said as many as 7,000 people had died in Rudbar, a nearby town of 100,000.

Christian Brauner, a relief worker with the West German Red Cross, said that since large extended families live together, the wreckage of even a small home can yield a horrifying number of dead.

He said in one village he visited, he was told that two-thirds of the 3,000 residents were dead.


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Quake aid

Writer Salman Rushdie, who has been sentenced to die by Iranian zealots, has donated $8,600 to victims of last week's earthquake in Iran.