The number of people killed in an earthquake that struck Iran’s western province has risen to 407, officials have said.
Iranian state news said on Monday that most of the casualties are from the border town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Kermanshah province. Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for the country’s crisis management headquarters, was quoted by the semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies as saying the death toll was now 407.
A further 6,700 people have been injured, and the emergency services warned the toll was likely to increase as they gained access to more remote mountainous areas.
A total of 70,000 people are in need of emergency shelter across fourteen affected provinces around the country, the Iranian Red Crescent warned in a statement.
Rescue workers continued to search for survivors among the rubble of damaged homes throughout the day despite the difficulties posed by landslides and the health ministry put out a call for emergency blood donations. Read more