Hunt goes on as death toll rises

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NATION & WORLD | NEWS -

THE death toll from the mag­ni­tude 7.3 earth­quake that struck Iran’s west­ern prov­ince of Ker­mansh on Mon­day has passed 450.

It also killed at least seven peo­ple and in­jured 535 oth­ers in Iraq.

As thou­sands of home­less Ira­ni­ans hud­dled against the cold as day turned to night, res­cue teams sought des­per­ately for signs of life amid the rub­ble of build­ings in towns and vil­lages close to the bor­der with Iraq.

Iran’s Press TV said at least 450 peo­ple were killed and 7000 in­jured.

About 70,000 peo­ple were in need of emer­gency shel­ter across 14 af­fected prov­inces around the coun­try.

Elec­tric­ity has been cut off in many cities in both coun­tries and fear of af­ter­shocks has driven many peo­ple out­side de­spite the cold.

PHOTO: FARZAD MENATI/TAS­NIM NEWS AGENCY

HEART­BRO­KEN: Rel­a­tives weep over the body of an earth­quake vic­tim in Sar­pol-e-Za­hab, west­ern Iran, fol­low­ing Mon­day’s earth­quake.

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