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Rescue efforts end after deadly Iran quake

14 November 2017

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

Survivors spent Monday night in makeshift camps or in the open.

"Today, we sent our ambulances to villages in areas affected by the quake to help people rescued yesterday, including changing their bandages", he said.

While visiting the region on Tuesday, a national day of mourning, President Hassan Rouhani pointed out that many privately-built homes appeared to have been spared damage.

"It is a very cold night".

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Latest figures indicate that nearly 430 people lost their lives in the quake and over 7,000 were injured, PressTV reported. In Iran's Kermanshah province killed 61 people, more than 300 were injured.

Mansoureh Bagheri, an Iran-based official with the Red Crescent Society, told the BBC about 12,000 residential buildings had "totally collapsed".

The Iranian Red Crescent said many areas lacked water and electricity and that aid supplies were being hampered by blocked roads.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the immediate need was for tents, water and food.

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Full-scale rescue operation could start only with the dawn, and yet unknown, are still people under the rubble. "The faults and shortcomings in the construction of these buildings should be investigated".

Kianoush Rostami, Iran's gold medal weightlifter in Rio's 2016 Olympic Games who hails from the earthquake-ravished city of Kermanhshah, has made a decision to auction his prized possession.

Competing in the men's 85-kilogram weight category, Rostami became the first Iranian to take home gold in the 2016 Olympics, lifting a world record 396 kilograms from the ground to his shoulders, regaining his strength and composure before hoisting it above his head.

Tremors were felt as far away as Turkey, Israel and Kuwait.

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Rescue efforts end after deadly Iran quake