Rescue efforts end after deadly Iran quake

14 November, 2017, 22:26 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Iran's state-run news agency says the country's death toll from the powerful natural disaster that struck the Iran-Iraq border has risen to 530.

The toll in Iran stood at 430 dead and 7,460 injured, while across the border in more sparsely populated areas of Iraq, the health ministry said eight people had died and several hundred were injured.

The 7.3-magnitude natural disaster struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq.

The quake killed at least 432 dead in Iran, all in Kermanshah province, and eight in Iraq.

Volunteers also rushed to help after thousands of homes were destroyed in the quake which rocked a region extending across Iran's western province of Kermanshah and neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Iranian Red Crescent said many areas lacked water and electricity and that aid supplies were being hampered by roads blocked by landslides.

"We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water", he said. "The faults and shortcomings in the construction of these buildings should be investigated".

About 30 Red Crescent teams are working in the natural disaster zone, Irna reported.

Kermanshah's provincial officials said about 12,000 houses both in urban and rural regions across the province have been totally damaged due to the strong quake. Iranian army helicopters are taking part in the relief effort.

On Tuesday, Iran marked a day of mourning, with a black banner adorning the corner of images of the disaster broadcast by state television.

She said now that rescue operations had ended, the priority was getting people into shelters as quickly as possible, and that the delivery of aid was on track.

Thirteen years later, a catastrophic quake flattened swathes of the ancient southeastern Iranian city of Bam, killing at least 31,000.

Devastating tremors in Iran and Iraq killed more than 70 people.

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