People look at the rubble of homes destroyed in the November 12 earthquake. Photo: Bahman Shabazi/Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The death toll in last month’s earthquake on the Kurdistan Region-Iran border has risen to 579 after more victims have been identified.
The bodies of ten people were recently identified, Artin Kamali, director general of Kermanshah Legal Medicine Organization, told IRNA on Saturday.
“Some 518 dead were from Sarpol-e Zahab,” Kamali explained.
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the evening of November 12 is the deadliest of 2017.
Poor quality construction of low-income housing is being blamed for the high death toll and the Kurdish population of the hard-hit areas has accused the authorities of failing to help survivors.
France-based right monitor Kurdistan Human Rights Network stated on Friday that the “majority of earthquake-stricken people of Kermanshah are still in need of temporary accommodation three weeks after the earthquake.”
The Iranian Red Crescent stated in a report on Tuesday that they have provided over 83,000 tents, saying “the immediate shelter and tent needs of the target population are met.”
The border area is mountainous and temperatures have recently dropped, bringing snow.