Devastating tremors in Iran and Iraq: the death toll is growing rapidly

Devastating tremors in Iran and Iraq: the death toll is growing rapidly

At least 530 people were killed and over 8,000 others injured in the 7.3 magnitude natural disaster that rattled the border region between Iraq and Iran late on Sunday, according to the latest report of Iran's state news agency.

On the Iraq side of the border, 11 people were killed and the most damage was seen in Darbandikhan, near the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to visit there Tuesday to assess damage and oversee rescue work.

A homeless young woman in Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the hardest-hit towns, told state TV that her family was exposed to the night cold because of lack of tents.

Television showed rescue workers combing through the rubble of dozens of villages immediately after the quake.

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Iran's Red Crescent Society officials announced on Monday evening that the rescue operations in Kermanshah will be completed in a few hours.

In a televised interview on Monday, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said his forces are working in close cooperation with the Army to help victims of the massive quake in western Iran.

The quake hit Azgeleh, but officials said the highest number of casualties were in Iran's Kermanshah province.

The Iranian army, the elite Revolutionary Guards and forces of its affiliated Basij militia were dispatched to affected areas on Sunday.

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