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

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Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran

At least 450 people have been killed and thousands are injured near the Iran-Iraq border after the region was rocked by a powerful 7.3 magnitude quake, authorities said Monday.

The report overnight by the IRNA news agency said the number of injured in the quake now stood at 7,460.

The magnitude 7.3 quake struck Sunday night Iran time, just as people were going to bed.

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

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

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world. "The faults and shortcomings in the construction of these buildings should be investigated".

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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.

"Today, we sent our ambulances to villages in areas affected by the quake to help people rescued yesterday, including changing their bandages", he said.

Today, Iran marked a day of mourning, with a black banner adorning the corner of images of the disaster broadcast by state television to the tune of "Sad Lisa" by British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

A Tehran cinema said it would donate half of its receipts to relief efforts, and the capital's two football teams said they were sending hundreds of tents and blankets.

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

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