Iran puts an end to rescue operations after the strong earthquake

The tremor of the weekend caused the death of 450 people and left thousands of wounded, while many survivors fight the cold and hunger.

The rescue operations in the most stricken areas of Iran by the earthquake of magnitude 7.3 have ended, according to state television.

The devastating earthquake of the weekend affected villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province, western Iran, as well as several Iraqi cities, killing 450 people and leaving thousands injured, while many survivors passed by. cold and hungry

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in the morning in the area affected by the earthquake in Kermanshah and promised that the government “will use all its capabilities to solve problems as quickly as possible.”

State television reported that thousands of people occupied makeshift camps while many others spent a second night out in the open for fear of more earthquakes after about 193 aftershocks.

FATEMEH BAHRAMI / ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY IMAGES
Military and rescue teams work in the search for people in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, after the strong earthquake that hit the country and neighboring Iraq, on November 13, 2017.

Rescuers frantically searched through the rubble of dozens of villages immediately after the quake, but Iranian officials said the likelihood of finding more survivors is extremely low.

“The rescue operations in Kermanshah province are over,” Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, told state television.

The top Iranian authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, offered his condolences on Monday and called on government agencies to do everything they can to help.

The fragile Iranian soil
Iran is located on great geological faults and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years.

In June 1990, Iran experienced one of the worst earthquakes in its history: a 7.4 magnitude earthquake near the Caspian Sea (north), caused 40,000 deaths and more than 300,000 injuries, and left half a million people homeless.

In a few seconds, an area of 2,100 km2, where there were 27 cities and 1,871 towns spread across the provinces of Ghilan and Zandjan, was devastated.

In 2003 in Bam, Kerman province (southeastern Iran), an earthquake killed at least 31,000 people and the city was almost totally destroyed.

With information from Reuters .

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