Rouhani vows speedy reconstruction as quake death toll climbs to 530

15 November, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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"Please help us. I plead with the people of Iran for help", he said.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif thanked foreign countries offering to help but wrote on Twitter: "For now, we are able to manage with our own resources".

At least 530 people were killed and over 8,000 others injured in the 7.3 magnitude quake that rattled the border region between Iraq and Iran late on Sunday, according to the latest report of Iran's state news agency.

Rescuers search for survivors in Sarpol-e-Zahab in the border region of Iran and Iraq.

Thousands of people huddled in makeshift camps while many others chose to spend a second night in the open, despite low temperatures, because they feared more tremors after some 193 aftershocks, state television said.

The Mehr housing project was implemented under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration (2005-13) to provide cheap housing to low-income families.

The temblor hit about 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and struck 14.4 miles below the surface, a somewhat shallow depth that can cause broader damage.

The Turkish Red Crescent has sent assistance including 33 aid trucks, 3,000 tents and heaters, 10,000 beds and blankets and food to Sulaymaniyah, and the military has dispatched a cargo plane of aid.


"More people will die because of cold". Angry residents have been heard blaming poor construction quality and government corruption for the heavy death toll. Authorities said Iran's armed forces will be sent to help remove rubble.

In Sarpol-e Zahab, he asked: "Who is to be blamed for this?"

Search and rescue operations are nearly complete while relief operations could take months, Mansoureh Bagheri, director of global operations at the Iranian Red Crescent, told CNN on Tuesday.

'We hope the number of dead and injured won't rise too much, but it will rise'.

Rescuers used heavy equipment to dig through the debris of toppled buildings on Tuesday and the government scrambled to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province where hundreds of homes were destroyed, the BBC reported. Iran's Kermanshah province, where most of the damage occurred, is home to both Shia and Sunni Muslims.

That's usually the first of many questions we have after a natural disaster.

Akbari said that in addition to medicine, water and food, the city needs 6,000 blankets and tents for emergency settlements for the people of two nearby towns and 25 villages devastated by the natural disaster.

Ali Gulani, 42, lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, and told BBC Persian people were burning crates to try to stay warm.

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