Friday, 17 November, 2017

Toll in Iran-Iraq quake rises to 530

Iran's gold medallist Kianoush Rostami poses on the podium after the men's weightlifting 85kg event during the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran
Bennie Garza | 14 November, 2017, 21:52

At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected.

In the result of a powerful quake with a magnitude of 7.3, which occurred on the border of Iraq and Iran killed at least 68 people, injured about 1,000.

The quake struck on the Iran-Iraq border, causing most of its damage in Iran in spite of an epicentre on the Iraq side of the frontier.

To oversee relief and rescue efforts, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday reached the province, where the victims had been complaining about lack of food, water and tents.

State television says thousands have been huddling in makeshift camps while many others spent a second night in the open for fear of more tremors. Authorities said Iran's armed forces will be sent to help remove rubble.

In a televised interview on Monday, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said his forces are working in close cooperation with the Army to help victims of the massive natural disaster in western Iran.

Iran's Red Crescent Society officials announced on Monday evening that the rescue operations in Kermanshah will be completed in a few hours.

Residents who had fled their homes when Sunday's quake rocked the mountainous region spanning Iran's western province of Kermanshah and neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan braved chilly temperatures as authorities struggled to get aid into the quake zone.

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