Iran quake death toll ups to 432

Tehran, Nov 15, IRNA – The latest reports released on Wedesday on the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran, on Sunday (Nov 12) night, said that it has so far claimed at least 432 lives and injured over 9,388 others.

The fatal quake occurred at 21:48 hour local time (18:18 GMT). The epicenter of the quake was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.9 degrees longitude, at the depth of 11km, a shallow depth that can cause tremendous damage, in Ezgeleh region in Kermanshah Province.

The huge jolt, which rocked western provinces of Iran and areas in the eastern Iraq, was also felt as far as Persian Gulf states Qatar and Kuwait in the south, the Occupied Palestine in the west, and Turkey in the north of the quake-stricken Iran and Iraq.

It caused the biggest damage in Kermanshah, Qasr-e Shirin and Sarpol-e Zahab (about 15km from the Iraqi border) cities.

Soon after the news was published, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, First Vice-President Eshaq Janhangiri, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and many other Iranian high-rank authorities issued messages expressing condolences to the recently bereaved over their loss and issuing orders for the necessary actions to be taken as soon as possible.

The Supreme Leader on Monday (Nov 13) urged military and civil officials to spare no effort in giving aid to the affected families.

Addressing the heads of the three branches of government and several other officials on Tuesday (Nov 14), Supreme Leader ordered continued intensive assistance to the quake-stricken people in western Kermanshah Province to relieve their pains and sufferings and resolve their problems.

Meanwhile, President Rouhani arrived in the quake-stricken town of Sarpol-e Zahab, western Iran on Tuesday to inspect how the rescue and relief operations are going on and to make the necessary on-the-site decisions.

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