ERBIL — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Kermanshah on Tuesday to visit the earthquake-shaken areas to deliver his condolences to families who lost their loved ones in Sunday’s earthquake.

“This was a pain for all Iranians. Representing the nation of Iran, I offer my condolences to the people of Kermanshah, and tell them that all of us are beside Kermanshah,” Rouhani said during a speech in Kermanshah as quoted by Iran’s presidency website.

Rouhani thanked all the neighbouring countries and all countries that expressed sympathy with the Iranian people in this disaster.

The Iranian President however did not make an offer to rebuild the thousands of houses damaged in the affected areas in the Iranian Kurdistan whose residents are already among the poorest people in the country.

“Rouhani pointed out that people should rebuild their homes and the government should provide them with loans,” the source said.

According to the Iranian Housing Foundation, 12,000 houses in Kermanshah have been completely damaged in the earthquake.

The quake has left 423 people dead and 7,370 injured in the Kurdish Province in Iran, according to an updated report. The locals however claim that the number of casualties and injuries is higher than what the government has announced.

The majority of casualties were in Mihr state-constructed residential compound in Kermanshah. The construction of the compound aroused outrage and criticism by the public. People believe that the high-level of corruption in building the residential area was the reason behind the huge damage caused on the buildings.

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