Iran to probe state-built homes destroyed by deadly quake

Quake Damages 8 Cities, 526 Villages in Western Iranian Province: Official

Raw: Over 400 Known Dead In Iran Earthquake

Residents of Sarpol-e-Zahab described fleeing empty-handed as their homes collapsed, and said the power and water supply in the town was out.

The epicentre lay 30km (18 miles) south of Halabja in Iraq, but nearly all of the casualties occurred in Iran's Kurdish heartland, in the country's marginalised north-west.

The quake, centred in Penjwin in Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region, killed at least six people in Iraq and injured more than 68. "The rescue operations in Kermanshah province have ended", said the head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services Pir-Hossein Kolivand.

Meantime, five groups of injured people were transferred to the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday to receive further treatments.

"We need help. We need everything". Water and electricity are now inaccessible in many areas of the province.

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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.

The Turkish Red Crescent has sent assistance including 33 aid trucks, 3,000 tents and heaters, 10,000 beds and blankets and food to Sulaymaniyah, and the military has dispatched a cargo plane of aid.

In the meantime, Financial Tribune daily reported on Tuesday production activities at Iran's Azar oilfield and petrochemical plants in the western provinces have not been affected by the deadly natural disaster on Sunday night.

"I call on all governmental and military officials and all NGOs to help the Housing Foundation and do not do separate work". Initial Iranian government estimates suggest the quake destroyed 12,000 apartments and free-standing homes, and damaged 15,000 others.

Initial prospects suggest that over seven historical sites adjacent to neighboring Kermanshah may have suffered considerable damage, Shanbezadeh explained.

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Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of army helicopters were reported to have joined the rescue effort after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the government and armed forces to mobilise "all their means".

"The priority now is for emergency sheltering and food", she said.

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.

Iran's Olympic weightlifting champion Kianoush Rostami put his Rio Olympics 2016 gold medal for auction to raise money for the quake-stricken areas.

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