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

Frederick Owens
November 15, 2017

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. "We had to leave without being able to help them".

At least 530 people were killed and over 8,000 others injured in the 7.3 magnitude quake that rattled the border region between Iraq and Iran late on Sunday, according to the latest report of Iran's state news agency. Temperatures in the mountainous region near the border with Iraq are close to freezing at night.

Moreover, two major Iranian football clubs Esteghlal and Persepolis, provided 2,000 blankets to be distributed among people, in the quake-stricken regions in western Iran, whose houses have been damaged and who are left without shelter in the cold weather. Numerous victims lived in the social housing complexes that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had built when he was president barely a decade ago.

Local health minister Rekawt Rasheed said the situation was "critical", made worse by the fact that the district's main hospital was badly damaged and without power.

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.

Falahatpisheh criticized what he described as the use of "poor quality material" and "lack of expertise" in the construction of the housing complex by the Mehr project and the hospital in Sarpol-e Zahab, which caused greater death and destruction than necessary.

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

The natural disaster was centred 30.6km outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the US Geological Survey.

"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. No one has anything to keep warm, not even tents.

Rescuers used heavy equipment to dig through the debris of toppled buildings on Tuesday and the government scrambled to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province where hundreds of homes were destroyed, the BBC reported. For more on these we turn to our Ro Aram... Iran's Kermanshah province, where most of the damage occurred, is home to both Shia and Sunni Muslims.

"We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water", Ali Gulani (42), from Qasr-e-Shirin, told BBC's Persian service. The whole village is ruined.

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