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Iran Calls Off SEEK OUT Survivors In Quake-Struck Region

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Iran says it is finished the search for survivors from a strong earthquake that struck near its border with Iraq over the weekend, killing a lot more than 430 people across the region and injured 7,000.

The magnitude 7.3 quake hit late Sunday, using its epicenter located about 19 miles south of Halabjah, Iraq, It had been felt as a long way away as Baghdad and Tehran.

“The rescue businesses in the (western) Kermanshah province have ended,” Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said about state TV.

The Associated Press says that the worst harm from the quake appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, near the border with Iraq. At least 14 provinces in Iran were afflicted by the temblor.

Al Jazeera reviews that the Red Crescent Contemporary society of Iran deployed staff and volunteers to assist in rescue-and-relief businesses but officials acknowledged that finding survivors buried on the rubble was unlikely.

“It really is total chaos right here, most homes will be destroyed found in Kermanshah and people are stuck in bricks and debris after the earthquake,” Ali Sadeghi, a good volunteer from the Red Crescent Contemporary society, told Al Jazeera, adding that “families of those trapped will be also pulling people searching for them alive.”

NPR’s Jane Arraf, reporting from the Kurdistan place of Iraq, says the Red Crescent there is trying to ensure that those that lost their homes found in the temblor won’t freeze to death from lack of shelter. She says Turkey, despite its troubled relations with Kurds, has dispatched blankets to the spot.

Reuters, quoting Iran condition television, said thousands of people were huddled found in makeshift camps and that many people spent another night in the open, fearing aftershocks.

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