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Rising Prices Hinder Earthquake Reconstruction Work In Iran

Iranians salvage a rug as they bring it down from a damaged building in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in the western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq, on November 14, 2017, following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake.

One year after a deadly earthquake in Kermanshah region in western Iran, an MP representing the region says reconstruction and assistance projects have come to a standstill due to rising prices.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the area last November killed 620 people and injured more than 8,000. Faulty government housing was blamed for many of the casualties.

Farhad Tajari representing the region in parliament told ILNA on Saturday that government agencies face many problems and private contractors have stopped work because of rising prices.

Iran's Statistical Center reported this week that year-to-year inflation last month reached 35 percent. Iran currency rial has also lost most of its value this year.

Tajari also said that the gas company has failed to deliver on plans to restore service and the cold region is facing another hard winter, while people still live in temporary housing of containers.

In the days following the earthquake estimates said that more than 70,000 people were left homeless.