Published:  12:26 AM, 15 November 2017

Iran ends quake rescue operations

Rouhani vows to rebuild

Iran ends quake rescue operations

Rescue operations have ended in areas of Iran hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands, state television reported on Tuesday, as many survivors, in need of food and water, battled the cold.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is promising to rebuild the country's earthquake-devastated area in the "shortest" timespan possible. Rouhani, who was visiting the area Tuesday, said his administration plans to support reconstruction with both handouts and loans.

Sunday's 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep. At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected.

State television said thousands were huddling in makeshift camps while many others spent a second night in the open for fear of more tremors after some 193 aftershocks.

-Reuters, Ankara

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