Iran natural disaster survivors plead for help as toll rises


Rescue operations have ended in Iran after a powerful quake killed more than 500 people and injured 8-thousand others. Some structures appeared unscathed.

"Newly constructed buildings. held up well, but the old houses built with earth were totally destroyed", he told state television.

But more aid was still needed.

Authorities said that more than 30,000 houses had been damaged and at least two villages completely destroyed.

Pir Hossein Koolivand, the head of national rescue services, said earlier the priority was "to provide solutions for heating, housing and food".

In a statement, the Iranian government expressed sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims and declared Tuesday as a day of mourning across the country. Authorities said Iran's armed forces will be sent to help remove rubble.

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To show solidarity with the Kurdish-majority province hit by the quake, a state newspaper printed a headline in Kurdish, which read "Iran cries with Kermanshah".

Thousands of homeless Iranians sought shelter from bitter cold Tuesday as President Hassan Rouhani promised swift help after a major natural disaster that killed more than 400 people.

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The magnitude 7.3 quake struck Sunday night Iran time, just as people were going to bed.

On the Iraq side of the border, 11 people were killed and the most damage was seen in Darbandikhan, near the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.