Survivors of a deadly earthquake in Iran emerged from the wreckage Monday to search for others and to mourn the hundreds dead.
The magnitude 7.3-earthquake struck the northern region of the Iraq-Iran border Sunday night, leveling buildings and burying people in the rubble. The death toll rose to 445 in Iran, with nearly 7,000 injured, Iran's semi-official news agency reported Monday.
On the Iraqi side of border, at least eight people were killed and more than 500 injured, a spokesman for the Health Ministry told the New York Times. Shocks from the quake reached as far as Kuwait, Qatar, and Turkey.
Sarpol-e Zahab, a Iranian city near the border in the Kermanshah Province, was hit particularly hard. Local officials instituted three days of mourning for the 236 people believed to be killed in the quake.
"Sarpol-e Zahab has only one hospital, which was demolished in this incident," local lawmaker Farhad Tajari told reporters. "All patients and hospital staff have been buried beneath the rubble, so it cannot offer any service."
By evening, Iranian officials said the rescue effort was nearly over.
Photographs show the devastation caused by the earthquake: Homeowners survey their damaged property, rescue workers pry between collapsed buildings, and survivors mourn the dead in the streets.
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