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Iran quake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iran quake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

The supplies, enough to provide surgical care for up to 4000 trauma patients, were transported from WHO's emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province in western Islamic Republic of Iran on 16 November at 10.30am local time.

A powerful natural disaster with 7.4 magnitude jolted several Iranian provinces, especially Kermanshah where Sarpol-e-Zahabi, close to Iraqi border was hardest hit.

That was echoed by Nazar Barani, the mayor of the town of Ezgeleh, who told state TV his constituency still had a "deep need" for food, medicine and tents.

Some of the houses which collapsed in an quake that killed at least 530 people and injured thousands of others were built under an affordable housing scheme initiated in 2011 by Rouhani's predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Darbandikhan in northern Sulaimaniyah was most affected, with damages to Darbandikhan hospital and Sharazoor maternity hospital.

Iran suffers after the powerful earthquake
Iran quake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

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

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At least 540 people were killed and close to 8,000 injured when the quake hit Sunday.

The quake, which struck Sunday morning, caused horrific damage to cities in the west of Iran and along Iraq's eastern border. Initial Iranian government estimates suggest the quake destroyed 12,000 apartments and free-standing homes, and damaged another 15,000.

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Iran sits on a major fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian plates and has experienced a number of earthquakes in the past.

There was extensive structural damage to buildings and homes.

Ahmadinejad adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr also wrote on a website for allies of the former president: "Heavy waves of propaganda against Mehr are aimed at covering up the weakness and inefficiency of the (Rouhani) administration in helping quake-hit people".

"It's clear there has been corruption in construction contracts", he said.

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Current President Rouhani * a href="*/stories/187137" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *called for an investigation into the construction of the buildings in a speech in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab on November 14.

Rouhani has promised more help and low-interest loans to survivors to rebuild their collapsed homes. "The death toll could have been much less if the hospital was not destroyed".

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