Major quake causes 450 million USD loss in Iran

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TEHRAN, Nov.15 – The preliminary estimated loss caused by the recent strong quake in Iran stood around 450 million U.S. dollars, Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday.

A report on the quake’s damage inflicted on the residential, commercial, industrial, and administrative structures was handed over to President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday, the Construction Deputy of Kermanshah province governor office, Mojtaba Nik-Kerdar, was quoted as saying.

Some 11,000 residential buildings in the rural areas plus 5,000 residential buildings in urban areas have been ruined, Nik-Kerdar said.

Immense restoration of damaged structures should start immediately, Nik-Kerdar added.During Rouhani’s visit to the quake-stricken areas in Kermanshah province on Tuesday, the president pledged to allocate sizeable fund for the reconstruction of the buildings.

Rouhani on Tuesday travelled to the western province to inspect the damage and rescue operations in the regions hit by a deadly earthquake on Sunday night, state TV reported.The president extended condolences to the families’ victims affected by the huge earthquake that claimed the lives of hundreds and injured thousands.

The quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rattled the border region between Iran and Iraq on Sunday night, causing extensive damage and loss of life.Rouhani said that the government will take all efforts to solve the problems in the region in the shortest possible time, according to Press TV.Enditem

(Copyright Xinhua, Received through National News Agency)

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