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Iran-Iraq quake: Tehran declares national day of mourning

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Tuesday has been declared a national day of mourning in Iran for hundreds of people killed in Sunday’s earthquake that also devastated parts of bordering Iraq. An estimated 70,000 people living close to the Iran-Iraq border have been made homeless and the government is struggling to get aid to those in need.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world.

Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports.

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Detected Closed Captioning: Tense Line The Main Road Into The City Of Kermanshah Hardest Hit In Sunday’s Earthquake More Than A Hundred Aftershocks Followed Many Survivors Now Feel Safer Living In The Open With Belongings Salvaged From Their Ruined Homes All Of A Sudden We Started To Feel Shaking We Tried To Take Shelter Next To The Wall But Then Left Our Building Immediately One Of Our Neighbors Died And My Brother was Injured When We Felt The Quake My Wife And I Took Cover We Managed To rescue Our Son But My Wife Fracture Her Back The 7.3 Magnitude Quake Lasted Only 4 Minutes But Struck With Immense Force When It Was Over Hundreds Were Dead thousands Injured And Vast Sections Of This City Destroyed Further Afield More Than 2,000 Villages And Seven More Cities Were Also Hit 12,000 Homes flattened We’ve Lost Everything In The earthquake We Hope The Authorities Will Live Up To Their Responsibilities And Help Us The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Arrived In The Region Promising To Support Those Affected By The Earthquake Rescue Operations Are Over The Dead Are Being Buried And Now The Daunting Task Of Rebuilding Homes And Lives Begins Nev Parker Al-jazeera

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