Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran-Iraq quake: Tehran declares national day of mourning

Iran-Iraq quake: Tehran declares national day of mourning

Iran's state-run news agency says the country's death toll from the powerful quake that struck the Iran-Iraq border has risen to 530.

The report Tuesday afternoon by the IRNA news agency said the number of injured in the temblor now stood at 7,460. In Iran's Kermanshah province killed 61 people, more than 300 were injured.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the worst hit by the November 12 quake, on November 14 and gave a speech in which he asserted that the collapse of recently built buildings "should be investigated".

Volunteers also rushed to help after thousands of homes were destroyed in the quake which rocked a region extending across Iran's western province of Kermanshah and neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world. President Hassan Rouhani is due to visit the region on Tuesday.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said many older buildings collapsed. We need help. We need everything.

An estimated 70,000 people living close to the Iran-Iraq border have been made homeless and the government is struggling to get aid to those in need.

Tremors were felt as far away as Turkey, Israel and Kuwait. Iranian Army helicopters were taking part in the relief effort.

Today, Iran marked a day of mourning, with a black banner adorning the corner of images of the disaster broadcast by state television to the tune of "Sad Lisa" by British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

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