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    An earthquake survivor weeps as she sits in front of damaged buildings, in a compound which was built under the Mehr state-owned program, in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

    Iran Earthquake Death Toll Climbs to 530, More Than 8,000 Injured - Reports

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    At least 530 people were killed and nearly 8,000 were injured as a result of an earthquake that hit Iran and Iraq on Sunday evening. The Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Ilam were most affected by the national disaster.

    According to representatives of the civil defense forces, field hospitals have been deployed in the affected provinces. Local authorities report the need for food and blood donations for transfusions.

    According to the IRNA news agency, more than 7,800 people were injured.

    About 12 thousand houses were destroyed as a result of a powerful earthquake.

    ​Iran announces three-day national mourning for earthquake victims.

    The Iranian president visited the Sare Polje-Zohab district, where the largest number of victims of the disaster was recorded.

    "The government will do everything in its power to assist in improving the living conditions of people, as well as rebuild destroyed homes," Hassan Rouhani said.

    ​To assist the affected areas, military personnel were involved who participated in the transportation of the victims and the elimination of the consequences of the earthquake — destruction and blocked roads.

    ​Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Iraqi colleague Fuad Maasum.


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