0431 GMT January 21, 2018
A strong quake, measuring 7.3 magnitude on Richter scale, hit western Iran. It has been reported that 423 people have lost their lives and 7,156 others have been injured so far, IRNA reported.
Earlier, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, heading a delegation, left for the quake-hit province of Kermanshah following an order from President Hassan Rouhani.
Minister of Health Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi, Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society Ali Asqar Peivandi and a delegation from Presidential Office accompanied Rahmani Fazli.
The delegation has been assigned to evaluate the process of rendering emergency relief aid to quake-stricken people and present a report about the implemented measures in the scene.
President Rouhani had already issued a message on the incident.
“I wholeheartedly sympathize with all the injured and the victims of this disaster, and ask the Almighty mercy for those who lost their lives, swift recovery for the injured and patience and health for those fellow Iranians who lost their beloved ones,” the message read.
He urged 'all responsible and relief agencies' in affected and neighboring provinces to 'work together in full collaboration to use all facilities available to provide relief, accommodations and care for those injured.'