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Iran Quake Toll May Rise Amid Search For Victims

Iran Quake Toll May Rise Amid Search For Victims”

"I consider it my duty to take a step, however small, to help my beloved fellow countrymen who have suffered as a result of the quake", Rostami said, according to Iran's semi-official state news agency Tasnim.

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has made a decision to put his Rio 2016 Olympic Games impressive achievement to good use, and auction his gold medal to give the money to families stricken in the magnitude-7.3 quake that struck western Iran at the weekend.

A woman mourns at an natural disaster site in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran.

The apartment complexes sit next to lush pastures in the nearly entirely Kurdish province of Kermanshah, nestled in the Zagros Mountains along the border with Iraq.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said the EU is ready to help the victims of a major quake that struck Iran and Iraq on Sunday.

Iran's Red Crescent Society officials announced on Monday evening that the rescue operations in Kermanshah will be completed in a few hours.

He pledged the "government will definitely follow up on these issues and identify the culprits".

The housing was built as part of the Mehr - "kindness" - project of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is promising to rebuild the country's earthquake-devastated area in the "shortest" timespan possible.

Rouhani, who was visiting the area Tuesday, said his administration plans to support reconstruction with both handouts and loans.

The quake struck on the Iran-Iraq border, causing most of its damage in Iran in spite of an epicentre on the Iraq side of the frontier.

Iran has encountered multiple earthquakes in its past, as it sits atop of the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Rescuers used backhoes and other heavy equipment to dig through toppled buildings in Sarpol-e-Zahab, home to more than half of the dead. The only hospital in the town was heavily damaged and the army set field hospitals.

Residents fled without time to grab their possessions as apartment complexes collapsed into rubble.



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