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Toll in Iran-Iraq natural disaster rises to 530

14 Novembre 2017

It reported that the death toll of 530, made it Iran's deadliest natural disaster in over a decade, while thousands of people were injured and 30,000 homes damaged, adding that two whole villages were destroyed.

Devastating tremors in Iran and Iraq killed more than 70 people.

A homeless young woman in Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the hardest-hit towns, told state TV that her family was exposed to the night cold because of lack of tents.

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 quake that shook 14 of the country's 31 provinces.

According to the official reports, Power is cut off in the cities of Qasre-Shirin, Gilane-Garb, Kermanshah, Sare-Pule-Zahab in Kermanshah and houses in some western Iranian villages have been severely damaged to various degrees.

"We need help, we need everything, the authorities should speed up their help", she said.

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As of Monday, over 100 medics have been sent to devastated areas of Iran.

The authorities said water and electricity had returned to most affected regions.

However, Iranian officials said there were no longer any likelihood of finding survivors and called the rescue off.

Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of army helicopters were reported to have joined the rescue effort after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the government and armed forces to mobilise "all their means".

Sunday's quake struck along a 1,500-km fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which extends through western Iran and northeastern Iraq.

In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake in northern Iran killed 40,000 people, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless, reducing dozens of towns and almost 2,000 villages to rubble.

Toll in Iran-Iraq natural disaster rises to 530