Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran

Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran

Kermanshah's provincial officials said about 12,000 houses both in urban and rural regions across the province have been totally damaged due to the strong natural disaster.

More than 400 people were killed in the quake and thousands have been injured.

Today, residents who had fled their homes awoke from a second night in the cold outdoors as authorities struggled to get aid into the quake zone.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said the EU is ready to help the victims of a major natural disaster that struck Iran and Iraq on Sunday.

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.

In a televised interview on Monday, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said his forces are working in close cooperation with the Army to help victims of the massive quake in western Iran.

The authorities said water and electricity had returned to most affected regions. We need help. We need everything.

Iran News said that Iranian soldiers, first to arrive in damaged areas, had to use their cell phone flashlights to search for those buried in the rubble.

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.

Also, 40 ambulances, 55 4WD vehicles, 9 rescue vehicles, and 5 helicopters have been dispatched by Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society from the first hours of the morning for assistance.

By Monday, officials said all the roads in Kermanshah province had been reopened. This was the deadliest quake to hit Iran in over a decade.



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