Kurdish Olympic weightlifter will auction gold medal to aid quake victims

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday travelled to Iran's western Kermanshah province to inspect the damage and rescue operations in the regions hit by a deadly natural disaster on Sunday night, state TV reported.

Major General Jafari said the IRGC has mobilized efforts to rescue people in rural areas while the Army units have focused their relief operation on Sarpol-e-Zahab, a city hit hardest by the Sunday night quake.

Shocks from Sunday's quake could be felt as far away as Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey.

"We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water". The casualties and damage were limited to only Iran and Iraq, though.

Initial prospects suggest that over seven historical sites adjacent to neighboring Kermanshah may have suffered considerable damage, Shanbezadeh explained.

The 7.3-magnitude quake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq. Iraq's Red Crescent put the toll at nine dead.

While visiting the region on Tuesday, a national day of mourning, President Hassan Rouhani pointed out that many privately-built homes appeared to have been spared damage.

The headline of a state newspaper read "Iran cries with Kermanshah", referring to the Kurdish-majority province.

Child Foundation: Based in Portland, this organization received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and directs its aid toward children, often providing recurring aid to children in need. Authorities said Iran's armed forces will be sent to help remove rubble. Numerous villages affected by quake were very remote and hard to reach, said Bagheri.

Footage from Sarpol-e Zahab, an Iranian town of 35,000 close to the Iraqi border, shows entire neighbourhoods reduced to rubble.

In an interview with state television, Nazar Barani asked people to send fuel, milk, water and food as emergency services were too slow and providing limited provisions.

The preliminary estimated loss caused by the recent strong quake in Iran stood around 450 million US dollars, Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday.

By Monday, officials said all the roads in Kermanshah province had been reopened.

Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes.

The area sees frequent seismic activity. In the more sparsely populated areas across the border in Iraq, 10 people died and several hundred were injured.

Vanessa Coleman

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