Iran-Iraq earthquake: Rouhani promises aid as death toll continues to climb

The powerful earthquake that hit the Iranian-Iraqi border on Sunday night continues to claim lives. Iranian state media reported Tuesday that the death toll has risen to 530. Iran’s president visited Kermanshah province and promised that the government would help those in need.

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The death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck the Iranian-Iraqi border on Sunday night has risen to 530, according to Iranian state media. About 8,000 people were injured by the 7.3-magnitude quake, which was felt in Turkey, Pakistan, Israel and Kuwait.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited the country’s rural Kermanshah province, where rescue efforts are still underway. According to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, Rouhani promised that the government will aid the homeless and injured residents.

“Heartbreaking images from the earthquake damage and loss of life in Kermanshah (and in Iraq),” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. “We are grateful for global expressions of sympathy and offers of assistance. For now, we can manage with our own resources. Many thanks for all offers and we will keep you posted.”

Iran after the earthquake Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

Over 200 aftershocks have rattled the region in the aftermath of the quake. Seismic activity is not a rare occurrence in Iran. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked western Iran, killing more than 26,000 people.



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