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European Union ready to help Iran ad Iraq in natural disaster aftermath

European Union ready to help Iran ad Iraq in natural disaster aftermath

Authorities said that more than 30,000 houses had been damaged and at least two villages completely destroyed.

The toll in Iran stood at 430 dead and 7,460 injured, while across the border in more sparsely populated areas of Iraq, the health ministry said eight people had died and several hundred were injured.

"The rescue operations in Kermanshah province have ended", Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said.

The worst damage appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah.

"It is a very cold night".

"We need help, we need everything, the authorities should speed up their help", she said.

The country's Red Crescent relief agency reported that emergency shelters outside the hardest hit areas are prepared to take in thousands of people, but because of blocked roads and a lack of water and electricity, relief work is being hampered.

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The province of Kermanshah had earlier declared three days of mourning, as rescue teams from across the country hurried to dig out survivors stuck under the rubble and save the wounded.

As of Monday, over 100 medics have been sent to devastated areas of Iran.

Kermanshah's provincial officials said about 12,000 houses both in urban and rural regions across the province have been totally damaged due to the strong natural disaster.

However, Iranian officials said there were no longer any likelihood of finding survivors and called the rescue off.

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.

Thirteen years later, a catastrophic quake flattened swathes of the ancient southeastern Iranian city of Bam, killing at least 31,000.

The disaster killed no fewer than 530 people, official report said.


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