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Manila Times - - WORLD -

TEHRAN: Tens of thou­sands of Ira­ni­ans spent a sec­ond night in the open air af­ter a 7.3-mag­ni­tude quake struck near the bor­der with Iraq, killing more than 400.

Peo­ple who had fled their homes when the quake rocked the moun­tain­ous re­gion span­ning Iran’s western prov­ince of Ker­man­shah and Iraqi Kur­dis­tan on Sun­day evening, braved chilly tem­per­a­tures as au­thor­i­ties strug­gled to get aid into the quake zone.

Iran has de­clared Tues­day a na­tional day of mourn­ing as of pri­or­i­ties and de­scribed the lev­els of de­struc­tion in some parts as “to­tal”.

“Peo­ple’s im­me­di­ate needs are the head of Iran’s elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards, Ma­jor Gen­eral Mo­ham­mad Ali Ja­fari.

“Newly con­structed build­ings... held up well, but the old houses built with earth were to­tally de­stroyed,” he told state tele­vi­sion dur­ing a visit to the af­fected re­gion.

The toll in Iran stood at 413 dead and 6,700 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. Iraq’s Red Cres­cent put the toll at nine dead.

Agence France-Presse, like other for­eign me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions, has not been al­lowed to visit the scene of the dis­as­ter.

re­lief camps for the dis­placed and that 22,000 tents, 52,000 blan­kets

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