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Iran's Rouhani inspects quake damages, pledges compensation to losses

Iran's Rouhani inspects quake damages, pledges compensation to losses

"The rescue operations in Kermanshah province have ended", Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV. They had no blankets, no food, and no heaters in that cold weather. In General, we are talking about a sparsely populated mountainous region.

Rescue operations have ended in areas of Iran hit by a powerful weekend quake that killed at least 530 people and injured more than 8000, as many survivors, in need of food and water, battled the cold. Numerous victims lived in the social housing complexes that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had built when he was president barely a decade ago.

Meantime, five groups of injured people were transferred to the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday to receive further treatments.

"We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water", he said.

The quake struck about 30 km south of the Iraqi town Darbandikhan, near the north-eastern border with Iran.

"More people will die because of cold".

Falahatpisheh criticized what he described as the use of "poor quality material" and "lack of expertise" in the construction of the housing complex by the Mehr project and the hospital in Sarpol-e Zahab, which caused greater death and destruction than necessary. "The authorities should speed up their help", she said.

In Sarpol-e Zahab, he asked: "Who is to be blamed for this?" Aid institutions throughout Iran, as well as relief workers, have been busy round the clock attending to the injured and survivors.

The area, about 10 miles from the border with Iraq, is in the Kermanshah province.

The reporter told CHRI: "We are hoping that after [President Hassan] Rouhani's visit to the area tomorrow, the aid work will become more organized and faster".

Besides, Mohammad Ali Bosaqzadeh, deputy for production control at the National Petrochemical Company, said that the strong quake has damaged neither the petrochemical plants in western provinces nor the West Ethylene Pipeline that runs from Asalouyeh by the Persian Gulf to West Azarbaijan province in northwest Iran. "We got some cheese and bread from the stores that had not been destroyed and gave most of it to the kids".

Akbari said that in addition to medicine, water and food, the city needs 6,000 blankets and tents for emergency settlements for the people of two nearby towns and 25 villages devastated by the natural disaster.

"People in some villages are still in dire need of food, water and shelter", said the governor of Qasr-e Shirin county in Kermanshah province, Faramarz Akbari.