Armenian PM extends condolences to First Vice-President of Iran on devastating quake

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Gulani said there were an average of three strong aftershocks an hour, triggering panic.

Moreover, two major Iranian football clubs Esteghlal and Persepolis, provided 2,000 blankets to be distributed among people, in the quake-stricken regions in western Iran, whose houses have been damaged and who are left without shelter in the cold weather.

"The rescue operations in Kermanshah province have ended", Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif thanked foreign countries offering to help but wrote on Twitter: "For now, we are able to manage with our own resources".

More than 316 people were killed in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab alone, about 15km from the Iraqi border.

One aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter and the United Nations said it was "ready to assist if required".


A report on the quake's damage inflicted on the residential, commercial, industrial, and administrative structures was handed over to President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday, the Construction Deputy of Kermanshah province governor office, Mojtaba Nik-Kerdar, was quoted as saying.

In Sarpol-e Zahab, he asked: "Who is to be blamed for this?"

He said that the government will take all efforts to solve the problems in the region in the shortest possible time and will help the affected people rebuild their dwellings.

Aside from the 530 people killed in Iran, 7,817 were injured, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

On the Iraq side of the border, 11 people were killed and the most damage was seen in Darbandikhan, near the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

A resident, Khosrow, told BBC Persian: "Walls have fallen on my sisters and father".


"Newly constructed buildings. held up well, but the old houses built with earth were totally destroyed", he told state TV while visiting the affected region.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society has deployed 16 response teams, 31 sniffer dog teams, 41 debris removing teams, 48 emergency sheltering teams and nine emergency treatment teams in the hardest-hit areas.

Search and rescue operations are nearly complete while relief operations could take months, Mansoureh Bagheri, director of worldwide operations at the Iranian Red Crescent, told CNN on Tuesday.

The epicenter of the natural disaster was recorded near Ezgeleh, Iran, about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad in Iraq.

It was 15 miles deep - a shallow depth that can cause broader damage - and was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, as well as in Turkey, Kuwait and Israel.


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