Rescue efforts end after deadly Iran quake

Rescue efforts end after deadly Iran quake

Rescue efforts end after deadly Iran quake

As many as 3,950 people have been injured, Iran's Tasnim news agency said.

The headline of a state newspaper read "Iran cries with Kermanshah", referring to the Kurdish-majority province.

Iran has declared Tuesday a national day of mourning.

Full-scale rescue operation could start only with the dawn, and yet unknown, are still people under the rubble.

But more aid was still needed.

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"We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water", he said.

As of Monday, over 100 medics have been sent to devastated areas of Iran.

Kermanshah's provincial officials said about 12,000 houses both in urban and rural regions across the province have been totally damaged due to the strong quake.

Yesterday, Iranian officials said they were setting up relief camps for the displaced and that 22,000 tents, 52,000 blankets and tonnes of food and water had been distributed.

About 30 Red Crescent teams are working in the natural disaster zone, Irna reported.

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Also, 40 ambulances, 55 4WD vehicles, 9 rescue vehicles, and 5 helicopters have been dispatched by Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society from the first hours of the morning for assistance.

Across the border in Iraq, officials said nine people were killed.

Sunday's quake struck along a 1,500-km fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which extends through western Iran and northeastern 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 quake that shook 14 of the country's 31 provinces.

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