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Iranian Earthquake Survivors Struggle to Cope as Government Stumbles

Eyewitness Accounts Paint a Grim Picture

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14 Nov 2017 (All day)
Iranian Earthquake Survivors Struggle to Cope as Government Stumbles
Government authorities in Iran have announced an end to the search for survivors of Sunday’s 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah Province, even as the death toll climbed to nearly 450 with thousands still missing. Local residents complained that the government had done little to assist them, while many people who lost their homes had to sleep in makeshift tents or the unsafe remains of buildings. "The rescue operations in the Kermanshah Province have ended," Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV Monday morning. Other Iranian officials pledged to do all they could to help those affected by the quake, but eyewitness reports paint a grim picture.

Here is one such video, posted by a resident of one devastated city



On the Iraqi side of the border, officials estimated that nine people died as a result of the quake while several dozen more were injured. Damage was reported to roads, buildings and a major dam holding back the Diyala River near Darbandikhan.

Israel sent official condolences to the governments of both Iran and Iraq as offers of assistance to both countries came from many other countries around the world.

 

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