Iran-Iraq earthquake: Rouhani vows action over collapsed buildings


Breaking

Hassan RouhaniImage copyright Handout
Image caption Mr Rouhani said the government would give financial help to those left homeless after the quake

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to “find the culprits” responsible for buildings collapsing in a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Sunday.

He suggested that government-built buildings had collapsed while privately-built ones remained standing.

As he spoke in the worst-affected city, Sarpol-e Zahab, he gestured to two buildings, one of which had collapsed while the other had not.

More than 400 people were killed and close to 8,000 injured in the quake.

Although an earlier report from the state news agency Irna said 530 people had died, the death toll was later revised downward, to 432.

The government is scrambling to get aid to Kermanshah province in the west of the country, where hundreds of homes were destroyed and people have spent two nights outdoors in the cold.

Image copyright EPA
Image caption Temperatures have dropped close to zero both nights since the earthquake left many families homeless

President Rouhani visited the region on Tuesday – a national day of mourning – and made an address that was broadcast live on TV.

He said the government would lend and give money to those left homeless, and hold accountable anyone found not to have upheld building standards.

“Who is to be blamed?” he asked.

“These are the issues that we should follow, we should find the culprits and people are waiting for us to introduce the culprits.

“We will do that, we will do that.”

A photograph circulating on social media shows an unaffected private building next to a collapsed building that was part of the Mehr project, a scheme created by previous President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to build two million housing units for people on low incomes.

Mehr is Farsi for kindness, and under the scheme hundreds of homes were built in Sarpol-e Zahab.

Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The buildings behind President Rouhani highlight the difference in damage between privately-built and state-built homes in Sarpol-e Zahab

“Pay attention, please, that some of these houses are very new, some of them have been built by the government and they are not very old,” Mr Rouhani said.

“However, you can see that some buildings collapsed. How could that happen?”

But Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), told state TV: “Newly constructed buildings… held up well, but the old houses built with earth were totally destroyed.”

Mansoureh Bagheri, an Iran-based official with the Red Crescent Society, told the BBC about 12,000 residential buildings had “totally collapsed”.

One aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, which struck at 21:18 local time (18:18 GMT) on Sunday, about 30km (19 miles) south of Darbandikhan in Iraq, near the north-eastern border with Iran.

Tremors were felt as far away as Turkey, Israel and Kuwait. The earthquake was the deadliest of 2017, and one of the year’s strongest.

View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41988176

Although the quake hit both Iran and Iraq, the Iraqi side of the border is much more sparsely populated. Several hundred people were injured in Iraq, and 10 people died.

In the same category are

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth Image copyright Science Photo Library Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirt...
New portraits released for Queen’s platinum anniversary Image copyright MATT HOLYOAK/CAMERA PRESS Image caption Winston Churchill decribed the royal couple's wedding in 1947 as 'a flash of colour on the ...
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite army pressure Zimbabwe's embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intensifying pressure on him to stand down. In a liv...
‘No others involved’ in Gaia Pope’s death Image copyright Gaia Pope Image caption Gaia Pope was last seen in Swanage on 7 November There were no injuries to suggest "any other person was i...
Ofsted inspectors to quiz girls in hijabs Image copyright Getty Images Inspectors will question girls who wear hijabs in primary school to find out why they do so, head of Ofsted Amanda Spie...
Friend’s ‘premonition’ before Daniel Hearty’s fatal race Image caption Daniel Hegarty was flung into barriers during lap six and suffered fatal injuries A friend of a motorcyclist killed in a crash at th...

Dont forget to “Like” us on Facebook


Need something to share, visit our sister site for the

‘News in the last 30 days”

in a clear concise package ….

 

If you are an artist or interested in art, visit our art website and read about todays artscene and browse some of our artist profiles

 

Comment on this story