Iran natural disaster: Death toll soars to more than 450

Armenian PM extends condolences to First Vice-President of Iran on devastating earthquake

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei sent a message for all citizens to "rush to the aid of those affected in these early hours after the incident".

But more aid was still needed.

Rouhani landed by helicopter in the city of Kermanshah and promised the government would move swiftly to help those left homeless.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said many older buildings collapsed. The casualties and damage were limited to only Iran and Iraq, though.

Authorities said that more than 30,000 houses had been damaged and at least two villages completely destroyed.

In a statement, the Iranian government expressed sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims and declared Tuesday as a day of mourning across the country.

Rouhani Tuesday visited the town of Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, worst hit by the quake.

Rescue workers with sniffer dogs combed the ruins for survivors after at least 280 people were killed in the town of some 85,000 people.

Yesterday, Iranian officials said they were setting up relief camps for the displaced and that 22,000 tents, 52,000 blankets and tonnes of food and water had been distributed.

Red Crescent Relief and Rescue teams from Kurdistan and Markazi provincial branches are providing relief and rescue services in the city of Salase-Babajani, teams from Lorestan to Qasre-Shirin and teams from Hamedan to Sare-Pule-Zahab.

Iran sees frequent seismic activity.

Meantime, five groups of injured people were transferred to the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday to receive further treatments.

Kermanshah, an nearly entirely Kurdish province nestled in the Zagros Mountains that run along the border with Iraq, suffered all of Iran's fatalities from quake that shook 14 of the country's 31 provinces.

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