MİDDLE EAST

Iran quake death toll rises to 530, over 8,000 others injured

Reuters Agency

At least 530 people were killed in Iran’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade, state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday, adding that more than 8,000 others were injured.

Iran said on Tuesday that rescue operations had ended in the western province of Kermanshah that was hit on Sunday by the 7.3-magnitude quake.

Survivors, many left homeless by Sunday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck villages and towns in a mountainous area bordering Iraq, battled overnight temperatures just above freezing and faced another bleak day on Tuesday in need of food and water.

Turkey first to send aid to quake victims in northern Iraq
Yeni Şafak

Turkey first to send aid to quake victims in northern Iraq

An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude rocked the region on Sunday night, killing at least 530, with more than 8,000 injured in Iraq and Iran. Turkey dispatched aid, a 20-member search-and-rescue team and medical teams to northern Iraq to help earthquake victims. Turkey's aid efforts are being coordinated with the central government in Baghdad and the Iraqi Red Crescent. The Turkish aid agencies were the first to arrive in the quake-hit parts of northern Iraq.

President Hassan Rouhani arrived in the morning in the stricken area in Kermanshah province and promised that the government would "use all its power to resolve the problems in the shortest time".

At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected by the quake which destroyed two whole villages, damaged 30,000 houses and left thousands of people injured.

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.

Surveillance camera captures moment 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq
Yeni Şafak

Surveillance camera captures moment 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq

An earthquake measuring 7.3 hit northern Iraq and Iran on Sunday evening. At least 211 died and 2,504 others were injured in Iran's bordering regions, especially in Kermanshah province in west. Footage shows the moment the quake hit Northern Iraq's Kelar town.


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