Earthquake: Iran calls off rescue operations as death toll rises to 530

Sergio Conner
November 14, 2017

On the Iraq side of the border, 11 people were killed and the most damage was seen in Darbandikhan, near the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

TEHRAN, Nov 14:The death toll in the devastating 7.3-magnitude natural disaster that struck Iran in a region bordering Iraq on Sunday, has reached 422 with thousands of Iranians spending a second night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures, the media reported on Tuesday.

The quake also shook the Iranian provinces of Kordestan, Ilam, Khuzestan, Markazi, West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Lorestan, Qazvin, Zanjan, Qom and Tehran. Filed with the United Nations within a radius of 15 km from the epicenter of the quake live about 19 thousand people. Authorities said Iran's armed forces will be sent to help remove rubble.

The country's Red Crescent relief agency reported that emergency shelters outside the hardest hit areas are prepared to take in thousands of people, but because of blocked roads and a lack of water and electricity, relief work is being hampered. Meshkat told Reuters, "More people will die because of the cold".

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 natural disaster.

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As of Monday, over 100 medics have been sent to devastated areas of Iran.

Yesterday, Iranian officials said they were setting up relief camps for the displaced and that 22,000 tents, 52,000 blankets and tonnes of food and water had been distributed.

The report overnight by the IRNA news agency said the number of injured in the quake now stood at 7,460.

Sunday's quake struck along a 1,500-km fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which extends through western Iran and northeastern Iraq. This was the deadliest quake to hit Iran in over a decade.

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