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14 November 2017, 10:23 | Opal Carroll
Death toll in devastating 7.3 Iran quake rises to more than 500 - state media
I was informed with a deep sorrow about dozens of casualties and destructions caused by the devastating quake in the Iranian province of Kermanshah. We need help. We need everything.
But more aid was still needed.
The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said many older buildings collapsed.
As winter sets in, around 15,500 Iranian homes have been destroyed and another 15,000 damaged in the quake, according to official estimates.
Rouhani vowed not to forget about the people and rural areas affected by the natural disaster: "11,000 rural houses and about 4,500 urban houses were destroyed in this quake and we need to build 30,000 new houses".
Today, Iran marked a day of mourning, with a black banner adorning the corner of images of the disaster broadcast by state television to the tune of "Sad Lisa" by British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
To show solidarity with the Kurdish-majority province hit by the quake, a state newspaper printed a headline in Kurdish, which read "Iran cries with Kermanshah".
Also, 40 ambulances, 55 4WD vehicles, 9 rescue vehicles, and 5 helicopters have been dispatched by Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society from the first hours of the morning for assistance. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to visit there Tuesday to assess damage and oversee rescue work.
The area sees frequent seismic activity.
The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit area in the mountainous province of Kermanshah, where hundreds of homes were destroyed, reportsthe BBC.
Meantime, five groups of injured people were transferred to the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday to receive further treatments.
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