Iran ends quake rescue operations as hungry survivors battle the cold

Raw: Over 400 Known Dead In Iran Earthquake

The Iranian Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the voluntary Basij forces, the Red Crescent and the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation as well as the ministries of energy, interior affairs, health, and roads and urban development are all providing assistance to the people in need, Rouhani said.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif thanked foreign countries offering to help but wrote on Twitter: "For now, we are able to manage with our own resources". They had no blankets, no food, and no heaters in that cold weather.

According to official tallies, at least 420 Iranians died and over 7,370 others were injured after the quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, whose epicenter was near Halabjah, southeast of Iraq's Sulaymaniyah, left massive damages in the Iranian border province.

Rescuers search for survivors in Sarpol-e-Zahab in the border region of Iran and Iraq. The country marked a day of mourning for those killed in the 7.3-magnitude quake that struck a mountainous region spanning the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday.

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Numerous damaged buildings were built during former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration, though some of them were completed and handed over to the residents under Rouhani.

Rouhani extended condolences to the families of victims of the huge quake that claimed the lives of hundreds and injured thousands.

"We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water", he said. Angry residents have been heard blaming poor construction quality and government corruption for the heavy death toll. "The authorities should speed up their help", she said. My family lives in a village near Sarpol-e Zahab.

Iran's sporting community has always been beside the people during natural calamities such as the 2003 Bam quake in Bam City, Kerman Province, in which more than 26,000 were killed and over 30,000 were injured.

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The reporter told CHRI: "We are hoping that after [President Hassan] Rouhani's visit to the area tomorrow, the aid work will become more organized and faster".

"It was so cold that we had to go inside our vehicle to get warm, but fuel is low and running out".

That's usually the first of many questions we have after a natural disaster.

Ali Gulani, 42, who lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, told BBC that people were burning crates to try to stay warm.

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Akbari said that in addition to medicine, water and food, the city needs 6,000 blankets and tents for emergency settlements for the people of two nearby towns and 25 villages devastated by the quake.

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