Iran has stepped up relief operations in shattered villages in its northeast after saying rescue operations are complete following a double earthquake that cost 227 lives and injured 13,080.
Interior Minister Moustafa Mohammad-Najjar has told state television search and rescue operations have ended and they're now working to ensure survivors' needs in terms of shelter and food.
He and other officials say the rubble left by Saturday's earthquakes hid no more survivors, making further rescue activities unnecessary.
He says about half of the 600 villages located in the disaster zone, an area northeast of the city of Tabriz, were damaged, some of them badly, while a dozen or more were completely razed.
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