Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Natural disaster harms historical sites in Iran

Armenian PM extends condolences to First Vice-President of Iran on devastating earthquake Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran
Howard Terry | 15 November, 2017, 00:39

Rescue operations have ended in Iran after a powerful quake killed more than 500 people and injured 8,000 others. "One of the officials said they would send them help tomorrow, but tomorrow is much too late".

The quake struck at 21:18 local time (18:18 GMT) on Sunday, about 30km (19 miles) south of Darbandikhan in Iraq, near the north-eastern border with Iran.

At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected. "Many had broken limbs", said the reporter, who was dispatched to the province in Western Iran by a state news organization based in Tehran.

In Iraq, the most extensive damage was seen in the town of Darbandikhan, which is in the Kurdish region, where more than 30 people were injured.

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.

A reporter in Iran's Kurdistan Province, hit by a 7.3 magnitude natural disaster on November 12, 2017, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that aid had not reached some of the most devastated villages and towns nearly a full day after the quake had hit.

In the meantime, Financial Tribune daily reported on Tuesday production activities at Iran's Azar oilfield and petrochemical plants in the western provinces have not been affected by the deadly quake on Sunday night.

Yesterday, Iranian officials said they were setting up relief camps for the displaced and that 22,000 tents, 52,000 blankets and tonnes of food and water had been distributed.

Officials in Iran declared Tuesday as a national day of mourning and newspapers broke with tradition to publish their front page headlines in the Kurdish language, in a rare move showing solidarity with the majority-Kurdish areas worst affected.

Hospitals in nearby provinces took in numerous injured, state television said, airing footage of survivors waiting to be treated. Injured people had to be taken to the nearest medical center in Qasr-e Shirin. The casualties and damage were limited to only Iran and Iraq, though.

Some of the buildings, which were built by government-affiliated programs and "state-owned schemes", according to a statement from the Office of the President, collapsed or were badly damaged.

"More people will die because of cold".

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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