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.
01:00 dk 14 Kasım 2017 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.
Iran ends quake rescue operations as hungry survivors battle the cold
Rescue operations have ended in areas of Iran hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands, state television reported on Tuesday, as many survivors, in need of food and water, battled the cold.Sunday's 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep. At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in the morning in the earthquake-stricken area in Kermanshah and promised that the government "will use all its power to resolve the problems in the shortest time".Video: Aftermath of 7.3 earthquake in Northern IraqState television said thousands were huddling in makeshift camps while many others spent a second night in the open for fear of more tremors after some 193 aftershocks.A homeless young woman in Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the hardest-hit towns, told state TV that her family was exposed to the night cold because of lack of tents."We need help. We need everything. The authorities should speed up their help," she said.Galeri: Turkey rushes to help Iraq earthquake victimsTelevision showed footage of rescue workers frantically combing through the rubble of dozens of villages immediately after the quake. But Iranian officials said the chances of finding any more survivors were extremely low."The rescue operations in Kermanshah province have ended," Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV.Iran's top authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, offered his condolences on Monday and called on government agencies to do all they could to help.Iranian police, the elite Revolutionary Guards and its affiliated Basij militia forces were dispatched to affected areas on Sunday night.Iran declares three days mourning after 7.3 quakeBITTER COLDHospitals in nearby provinces took in many of the injured, state television said, airing footage of survivors waiting to be treated. Hundreds of critically injured people were dispatched to hospitals in Tehran.Iran's Red Crescent said emergency shelter had been provided for thousands of homeless people, but a lack of water and electricity as well as blocked roads in some areas hindered aid supply efforts.Local authorities said traffic chaos on roads, caused by people from nearby provinces who were rushing to help, further hampered the flow of aid.Video: Surveillance camera captures moment 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq"People in some villages are still in dire need of food, water and shelter," governor of Qasr-e Shirin Faramarz Akbari told state television.More than 30,000 houses in the area were damaged and at least two villages were completely destroyed, Iranian authorities said.Houses in Iranian villages are often made of concrete blocks or mudbrick that can crumble and collapse in a strong quake. Some people are angry that among the collapsed buildings were houses that the government has built in recent years under its affordable housing programme.Galeri: Magnitude 7.3 earthquake rocks northern Iraq, IranPhotographs posted on Iranian news websites showed rescue workers digging people out of collapsed buildings, cars smashed beneath rubble and rescue dogs trying to find signs of life under the twisted remains of collapsed buildings."More people will die because of cold. My family lives in a village near Sarpol-e Zahab. I cannot even go there. I don't know whether they are dead or alive," Rojan Meshkat, 38, in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj told Reuters by telephone.Iran is crisscrossed by major fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 that reduced the historic southeastern city of Bam to dust and killed some 31,000 people.The quake, centred in Penjwin in Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region, killed at least six people in Iraq and injured more than 68. In northern Iraq's Kurdish districts, seven were killed and 325 wounded.
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.
01:16 dk 13 Kasım 2017 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.