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Armenian PM extends condolences to First Vice-President of Iran on devastating quake

14 November 2017

Rescue operations have ended in Iran after a powerful quake killed more than 500 people and injured 8-thousand others.

As many as 3,950 people have been injured, Iran's Tasnim news agency said. In Iran's Kermanshah province killed 61 people, more than 300 were injured.

The quake killed at least 432 dead in Iran, all in Kermanshah province, and eight in Iraq.

Kermanshah, an nearly entirely Kurdish province nestled in the Zagros Mountains that run along the border with Iraq, suffered all of Iran's fatalities from the temblor Sunday night that shook 14 of the country's 31 provinces.

Rouhani Tuesday visited the town of Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, worst hit by the quake.

Rouhani said all aid would be channelled through the Housing Foundation, one of the charitable trusts set up after the Islamic revolution of 1979 that are major players in the Iranian economy. "The faults and shortcomings in the construction of these buildings should be investigated".

Devastating tremors in Iran and Iraq killed more than 70 people.

"We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water", he said. Iranian Army helicopters were taking part in the relief effort.

Red Crescent Relief and Rescue teams from Kurdistan and Markazi provincial branches are providing relief and rescue services in the city of Salase-Babajani, teams from Lorestan to Qasre-Shirin and teams from Hamedan to Sare-Pule-Zahab.

Today, Iran marked a day of mourning, with a black banner adorning the corner of images of the disaster broadcast by state television to the tune of "Sad Lisa" by British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Armenian PM extends condolences to First Vice-President of Iran on devastating quake