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Iran's Rouhani inspects quake damages, pledges compensation to losses

Iran's Rouhani inspects quake damages, pledges compensation to losses

The worst damage appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah.

Iran's sporting community has always been beside the people during natural calamities such as the 2003 Bam quake in Bam City, Kerman Province, in which more than 26,000 were killed and over 30,000 were injured.

Rescue operations have ended in areas of Iran hit by a powerful weekend quake that killed at least 530 people and injured more than 8000, as many survivors, in need of food and water, battled the cold. Nonetheless, it was the deadliest quake so far in 2017, killing about 400 people and injuring 7,000.

"The tents provided by the Red Crescent are not enough", said the region's parliamentary representative, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, according to the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA). They had no blankets, no food, and no heaters in that cold weather. "We had to leave without being able to help them". Water and electricity are now inaccessible in many areas of the province.

In the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab, which was reconstructed in the decades since the 1980s war with Iraq, the outer walls of apartment complexes tumbled away in the magnitude 7.3 natural disaster Sunday night.

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

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"I call on all governmental and military officials and all NGOs to help the Housing Foundation and do not do separate work". Rouhani said he would "find the culprits" responsible.

Around 12,000 Iranian homes were destroyed and another 15,000 damaged in the quake, according to official estimates.

Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that the immediate needs were tents, water and food. Seven towns and almost 2,000 villages were damaged, authorities said, and several villages were completely wiped from the map. Aid institutions throughout Iran, as well as relief workers, have been busy round the clock attending to the injured and survivors. Bagheri estimated that 70,000 people could be affected by the quake.

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

A report on the quake's damage inflicted on the residential, commercial, industrial, and administrative structures was handed over to President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday, the Construction Deputy of Kermanshah province governor office, Mojtaba Nik-Kerdar, was quoted as saying.


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