Earthquake: Iran calls off rescue operations as death toll rises to 530

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

Tens of thousands of Iranians spent a second night in the open after a 7.3-magnitude quake struck near the border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people.

In Iran's Kermanshah province killed 61 people, more than 300 were injured.

Villages and cities near the quake are suffering from widespread power outages and destruction of property.

"We need help, we need everything, the authorities should speed up their help", she said.

Iranian medical officials announced that several field hospitals have been set up in the quake-hit areas. At least 43 ambulances and 130 emergency technicians were stationed in Tehran's Mehrabad Airport to transfer patients.

Iranian officials on Tuesday called off rescue operations, saying there was little chance of finding more survivors from the natural disaster that shook parts of western Iran on Sunday.

The province of Kermanshah had earlier declared three days of mourning, as rescue teams from across the country hurried to dig out survivors stuck under the rubble and save the wounded.

To oversee relief and rescue efforts, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday reached the province, where the victims had been complaining about lack of food, water and tents.

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.

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