TEHRAN, Nov 14:The death toll in the devastating 7.3-magnitude natural disaster that struck Iran in a region bordering Iraq on Sunday, has reached 422 with thousands of Iranians spending a second night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures, the media reported on Tuesday.
Iranian state news agency Irna said 530 people had died in Iran alone.
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.
I was informed with a deep sorrow about dozens of casualties and destructions caused by the devastating quake in the Iranian province of Kermanshah.
Over 200 aftershocks have hit the region since Sunday quake.
Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that the immediate needs were tents, water and food.
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 natural disaster. "The faults and shortcomings in the construction of these buildings should be investigated".
"What we need is a tent and covers to be able to get through the night", said 24-year-old mother Shima Maryami Kiani. Iranian army helicopters are taking part in the relief effort.
Iran has declared Tuesday a national day of mourning. "Search operations are reaching their end, with teams constantly monitoring the situation to know if there are still people to extract from the rubble", Behnam Saidi, the spokesman for a crisis unit set up to handle the response to the quake, told state television.
About 30 Red Crescent teams were working in the natural disaster zone.
Across the border in Iraq, officials said nine people were killed.