Iran’s Rouhani orders relief effort as more than 700 injured in earthquake

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Iran’s Rouhani orders relief effort as more than 700 injured in earthquake

Tehran (Agencies): More than 700 injured after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake jolted Iran’s western border with Iraq.


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said no effort should be spared to help victims of the earthquake, state television reported on Monday.

“Rouhani has ordered officials to do whatever is necessary to provide help for the victims of the earthquake,” TV reported.

The head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society, Mahmoud Mohammadi Nasab, told TV that there were no fatalities.

TV aired footage of damaged houses in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah where some people remain homeless following last year’s 7.3 magnitude quake.

“We have had 729 injured, 700 of them have been treated and released ... some 18 people have been hospitalised,” Houshang Bazvand, governor of the western province of Kermanshah, told state TV.

Iran’s state news agency IRNA said another two earthquakes measuring 5.2 and 4.6 on the Richter scale had jolted Sarpol-e Zahab on Monday morning following Sunday’s earthquake and 161 aftershocks.

Fears of aftershocks forced many people to spend the night out on the streets in cold weather. The quake triggered landslides in some areas, but Iranian authorities said rescue teams had access to all towns and villages.