A 7.3-magnitude natural disaster on the Iran-Iraq border leaves hundreds dead

Armenian PM extends condolences to First Vice-President of Iran on devastating earthquake

Armenian PM extends condolences to First Vice-President of Iran on devastating earthquake

Rescue operations have ended in areas of Iran hit by a powerful weekend quake that killed at least 530 people and injured thousands, state television reported on Tuesday, as many survivors, in need of food and water, battled the cold.

The quake hit Azgeleh, but officials said the highest number of casualties were in Iran's Kermanshah province.

Akbari said that in addition to medicine, water and food, the city needs 6,000 blankets and tents for emergency settlements for the people of two nearby towns and 25 villages devastated by the natural disaster.

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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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the worst hit by the November 12 natural disaster, on November 14 and gave a speech in which he asserted that the collapse of recently built buildings "should be investigated". "We had to leave without being able to help them".

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I was informed with a deep sorrow about dozens of casualties and destructions caused by the devastating quake in the Iranian province of Kermanshah. "Many had broken limbs", said the reporter, who was dispatched to the province in Western Iran by a state news organization based in Tehran.

Rouhani said his administration will probe the cause of so much damage to buildings constructed under a state-owned program in the quake-stricken area along the border with Iraq.

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The mayor of Ezgeleh, a city in Kermanshah, said 80 percent of its buildings had collapsed.

In an interview with state television, Nazar Barani asked people to send fuel, milk, water and food as emergency services were too slow and providing limited provisions. "There is no electricity".

"On behalf of the Armenian government and personally myself I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and the good people of Iran expressing our readiness to be involved in rescue operations".

"More people will die because of cold". We heard a few aid workers in Sarpol-e Zahab saying that those in the villages were already dead and nothing could be done for them. I can not even go there.

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Iran is crisscrossed by major fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 that reduced the historic southeastern city of Bam to dust and killed some 31,000 people.

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