Iran's Olympic weightlifting champion Kianoush Rostami has put his gold medal up for auction to raise money for the victims of Sunday's quake which left at least 452 people dead in Iran and Iraq.
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. "Special emphasis will also be given to identifying specific health needs as a result of current colder temperatures in affected areas", said Dr Michel Thieren, WHO Regional Emergency Director. The sum raised had surpassed $200,000 by Wednesday.
Similarly, a New York-based Iranian-American journalist, Tara Kangarlou, started another fundraising campaign to help the natural disaster victims.
Within the first 30 minutes, online donors had chipped in $2,000 on the YouCaring fundraising website.
"The United States Treasury Department does not allow our platform to disburse funds directly to, or be routed by proxy to a state or person that is now located in an embargoed region", the letter read. "YouCaring did not care, nor did WePay, what a shame", she said.
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The US has imposed wide-ranging economic sanctions against Iran over the past decades.
Nearly 9400 people in the Islamic Republic of Iran were injured as a result of the quake, including more than 1000 people hospitalized in Kermanshah province with serious injuries, and 340 more who were transferred to hospitals in neighbouring provinces, including Tehran. Some restrictions were lifted after the 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian army helicopters are taking part in the relief effort.
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.
The two cities of Sar Pol Zahab and Ghasr Shirin in Kermanshah province, with a total population of nearly 115 000 people, are reported to have suffered considerable damage, with nearly 80% of infrastructure destroyed.
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