Iran pledges swift aid after major quake kills 400

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

At least 339 people have been killed in the quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.

Rouhani vowed not to forget about the people and rural areas affected by the natural disaster: "11,000 rural houses and about 4,500 urban houses were destroyed in this quake and we need to build 30,000 new houses".

Kermanshah, an nearly entirely Kurdish province nestled in the Zagros Mountains that run along the border with Iraq, suffered all of Iran's fatalities from the temblor Sunday night that shook 14 of the country's 31 provinces.

"It is a very cold night".

"What we need is a tent and covers to be able to get through the night", said 24-year-old mother Shima Maryami Kiani.

Rouhani said all aid would be channelled through the Housing Foundation, one of the charitable trusts set up after the Islamic revolution of 1979 that are major players in the Iranian economy.

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

About 30 Red Crescent teams were working in the quake zone.

Also, 40 ambulances, 55 4WD vehicles, 9 rescue vehicles, and 5 helicopters have been dispatched by Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society from the first hours of the morning for assistance. 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. Tremors were felt as far away as Turkey, Israel, Kuwait and Pakistan.

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.

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