'We are alone in this world': Survivors battle freezing cold after deadliest quake of 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:47:28 AM. Exhausted and exposed to freezing cold, survivors of a weekend earthquake in western Iran are begging authorities for food and shelter.
Photo: An earthquake survivor carries her belongings over debris in front of her house in western Iran. (AP: Vahid Salemi) Exhausted and exposed to freezing cold, survivors of a weekend earthquake in western Iran are begging authorities for food and shelter saying it is taking too long for aid to reach them. Iranian officials called off rescue operations yesterday on the grounds there was little chance of finding more survivors from the quake, which killed at least 530 people and injured more than 8,000 people. It was Iran's biggest earthquake in more than a decade and the deadliest earthquake of 2017 to date. Survivors, many left homeless by Sunday's magnitude-7.3 quake that struck villages and towns in Kermansheh province along the mountainous border with Iraq, struggled through another bleak day on Tuesday in need of food, water, and shelter. Iran has so far declined offers of foreign assistance to deal with the aftermath of the tremor, which officials said damaged 30,000 homes and completely destroyed two villages. 'We are alone in this world' Video: People walk next to a destroyed house after an earthquake in the city of Darbandikhan (Photo: AP/Felipe Dana) (ABC News) The US Government expressed condolences to the Iranian people despite President Donald Trump's "aggressive" policy towards the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported. "We are hungry. We are cold. We are homeless. We are alone in this world," a weeping Maryam Ahang, who lost 10 members of her...Read more
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