Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran

Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran

Over 200 aftershocks have hit the region since Sunday quake.

Iranian state TV said thousands of survivors had spent another night in makeshift camps or in the open.

"Today, we sent our ambulances to villages in areas affected by the quake to help people rescued yesterday, including changing their bandages", he said.

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.

"It is a very cold night. we need help".

A woman sits on the debris on the quake site in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran.

On Tuesday afternoon, residents of Sar-e Pol-e Zahab helped police evacuate an elderly man, his face caked in blood, from a home at risk of imminent collapse.

Iranian state news agency Irna said 530 people had died in Iran alone. Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan sent a letter of condolences to First Vice-President of Iran Es'haq Jahangiri on the devastating quake that claimed hundreds of lives in the province of Kermanshah, press service of the government told Armenpress.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world.

"Newly constructed buildings... Held up well, but the old houses built with earth were totally destroyed", he told state television as he visited the affected region. Iranian Army helicopters were taking part in the relief effort.

Iran's Red Crescent Society officials announced on Monday evening that the rescue operations in Kermanshah will be completed in a few hours.

Kianoush Rostami, Iran's gold medal weightlifter in Rio's 2016 Olympic Games who hails from the earthquake-ravished city of Kermanhshah, has made a decision to auction his prized possession. Tremors were felt as far away as Turkey, Israel, Kuwait and Pakistan.

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