President Rouhani declares plans to build 30,000 houses in quake-hit areas
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced plans to construct tens of thousands of new houses in the quake-hit areas in western Iran.
"11,000 rural houses and 4,500 urban residential units have been destroyed by the quake and we need to build 30,000 houses," Rouhani said while visiting the quake-stricken regions in Kermanshah Province on Tuesday.
He added that non gratis aid will be allocated for the temporary settlement and accommodation of the people and loans will be paid to them for permanent housing.
A strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rattled all cities and towns along Iran's western border with Iraq on Sunday.
The number of people killed in the deadly quake in western Iran on Sunday increased to 430 while officials have confirmed 7,718 injuries.
President Rouhani and a delegation tasked by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei arrived in Kermanshah Province on Tuesday to supervise and give necessary orders to accelerate and improve quality of the rescue and relief operations.