Hunt goes on as death toll rises
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.
HEARTBROKEN: Relatives weep over the body of an earthquake victim in Sarpol-e-Zahab, western Iran, following Monday’s earthquake.