Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Iran quake survivors complain of slow aid effort, battle freezing cold

Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran Quake Damages 8 Cities, 526 Villages in Western Iranian Province: Official
Saul Franklin | 15 November, 2017, 01:06

A rescue worker searches the debris with his sniffing dog on the quake site in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran on November 14.

A powerful 7.3-magnitude quake, which struck western Iran on Sunday, caused relatively minor damage to several historic and heritage sites in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces.

The epicentre of the quake was near the border, 20 miles southwest of the city of Halabjah in Iran.

His plan is to donate the proceeds to families affected by the 7.3-magnitude tremor that shook Iran this weekend, according to PressTV.

Rouhani landed by helicopter in the city of Kermanshah and promised the government would move swiftly to help those left homeless.

Iranian state TV said thousands of survivors had spent another night in makeshift camps or in the open.

"We need help. We need everything". Numerous villages affected by quake were very remote and hard to reach, said Bagheri. Television showed footage of rescue workers frantically combing through the rubble of dozens of villages immediately after the quake. Many warned that the low-quality construction could be problematic.

So far, rescue operation and assessment is being conducted on the ground and relief items including tents, ground sheets, blankets, kitchen sets, and food items such as canned food and rice are being distributed among the affected people and the people staying outdoor, scaring of getting back to their houses.

He added that "psychological support teams" had been sent to these areas.

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Tragedy struck after a boat carrying 38 people capsized at Ferry Ghat in Ibrahimpatnam area of the city on Sunday evening. Another three passengers were rescued by the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late in the night.

Hospitals in nearby provinces took in numerous injured, state television said, airing footage of survivors waiting to be treated. Hundreds of critically injured people were dispatched to hospitals in Tehran.

Wrestling champions and national team members also visited the affercted areas to sympathize with the people and deliver aid provided by the Iran Wrestling Federation.

Ali Gulani, 42, lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, and told BBC Persian people were burning crates to try to stay warm. Houses in impoverished Iranian villages are often made of concrete blocks or mudbrick that can quickly crumble and collapse in a strong quake.

Some people were angry that among the collapsed buildings were homes built under an affordable housing scheme initiated in 2011 by then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranian state news agency Irna said 530 people had died in Iran alone.

Rescuers used backhoes and other heavy equipment to dig through toppled buildings in Sarpol-e-Zahab, home to more than half of the dead.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his administration will probe the cause of so much damage to buildings constructed under a state-owned program in the quake-stricken area along the border with Iraq.

The quake hit Azgeleh, but officials said the highest number of casualties were in Iran's Kermanshah province.

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