Toll in Iran-Iraq natural disaster rises to 530


Latest figures indicate that nearly 430 people lost their lives in the quake and over 7,000 were injured, PressTV reported.

"The Kouyek villages were completely leveled and no one had gone there to help 20 hours after the quake", said the reporter, who requested anonymity for security reasons, on November 13.

They included a desperate plea: "Please don't stop helping. Please help us. I plead with the people of Iran for help", he said. "They were all crying".

"The weather is turning colder now. We need water, we need food, like bread, and we need blankets".

Rescue operations have ended in Iran after a powerful quake killed more than 500 people and injured 8,000 others.

Sunday's 7.3-magnitude natural disaster struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep. "There were many aid workers and officials".

The Mehr housing project was implemented under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration (2005-13) to provide affordable housing to low-income families.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the immediate need was for tents, water and food. "The temperature tonight will drop below freezing and many people will be left outside their homes". Many warned that the low-quality construction could be problematic.

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In Sarpol-e Zahab, he asked: "Who is to be blamed for this?"

"Iran wept", read the front page of Aftab-e-Yazd, over a big photograph of an Iranian woman holding a lost family member in her arms.

The only hospital in Sarpol-e Zahab, which was only recently constructed, was also destroyed. Hundreds of critically injured were dispatched to hospitals in Tehran. No one has anything to keep warm, not even tents. Perhaps they got there after seeing images posted online showing the destruction of the Mehr housing complex soon after the quake and they forgot about the villages.

Red Crescent Relief and Rescue teams from Kurdistan and Markazi provincial branches are providing relief and rescue services in the city of Salase-Babajani, teams from Lorestan to Qasre-Shirin and teams from Hamedan to Sare-Pule-Zahab.

'We hope the number of dead and injured won't rise too much, but it will rise'. 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 Sunday. Water and electricity are now inaccessible in many areas of the province.

Iran's western Kermanshah province experienced the worst damage in that country. Two whole villages were destroyed.