Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

The country marked a day of mourning for those killed in the 7.3-magnitude quake that struck a mountainous region spanning the Iran-Iraq border late on Sunday.

The 7.3-magnitude quake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq.

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.

In Iran's Kermanshah province killed 61 people, more than 300 were injured. It struck about 30 km south of the Iraqi town Darbandikhan, near the north-eastern border with Iran.

As many as 3,950 people have been injured, Iran's Tasnim news agency said.

Shocks from Sunday's quake could be felt as far away as Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey.

According to the official reports, Power is cut off in the cities of Qasre-Shirin, Gilane-Garb, Kermanshah, Sare-Pule-Zahab in Kermanshah and houses in some western Iranian villages have been severely damaged to various degrees.

"Thousands of people huddled in makeshift camps while many others chose to spend a second night in the open, in spite of low temperatures, because they feared more tremors after some 193 aftershocks, " it said. Authorities said Iran's armed forces will be sent to help remove rubble. "The authorities should speed up their help", the BBC quoted a homeless young woman in Sarpol-e-Zahab, the town with the maximum number of victims.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the immediate need was for tents, water and food.

The Iranian Red Crescent said many areas lacked water and electricity and that aid supplies were being hampered by blocked roads.

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

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