Quake harms historical sites in Iran

15 November, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Ora Austin
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Besides, Mohammad Ali Bosaqzadeh, deputy for production control at the National Petrochemical Company, said that the strong quake has damaged neither the petrochemical plants in western provinces nor the West Ethylene Pipeline that runs from Asalouyeh by the Persian Gulf to West Azarbaijan province in northwest Iran.

The temblor hit about 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and struck 14.4 miles below the surface, a somewhat shallow depth that can cause broader damage.

Mr Gulani said he understood aid had been despatched within the province, but that people in his town had not yet received help.

"The weather is turning colder now". Ali Daei, football coach and former player and world record holder for worldwide goalscoring, was among the first to help those in need by starting a campaign in Tehran to gather humanitarian aid for Kermanshah.

The Turkish Red Crescent has sent assistance including 33 aid trucks, 3,000 tents and heaters, 10,000 beds and blankets and food to Sulaymaniyah, and the military has dispatched a cargo plane of aid.

"It slightly damaged five historical sites including a Safavid-era caravanserai and a Sassanid-era fortress in the counties of Qasr-e Shirin, Sarpol-e Zahab and Dalahu in Kermanshah province while assessing the damage is still ongoing", CHTN cited the provincial tourism chief, Jalil Baalai, as saying.

"I call on all governmental and military officials and all NGOs to help the Housing Foundation and do not do separate work". Officials said 12,000 houses had been completely destroyed and a further 15,000 damaged, Irna reported. "I want to assure those who are suffering that the government has begun to act with all means at its disposal and is scrambling to resolve this problem as quickly as possible", he said.

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Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that the immediate needs were tents, water and food.

More than 500 villages in the region suffered damage.

Search and rescue operations are nearly complete while relief operations could take months, Mansoureh Bagheri, director of global operations at the Iranian Red Crescent, told CNN on Tuesday.

"The priority now is for emergency sheltering and food", she said.

The country's president, Hassan Rouhani, travelled on Tuesday to Kermanshah, the area hardest hit and a day of mourning was announced.

The Iranian Red Crescent said many areas lacked water and electricity and that aid supplies were being hampered by roads blocked by landslides.

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