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The ease with which some state-built homes collapsed in Sunday's earthquake in western Iran showed corrupt practices when they were constructed, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday in a sentiment shared by many ordinary Iranians. Some of the houses that collapsed in the earthquake that has killed at least 530 people and injured 9,388 others were built under an affordable housing scheme initiated in 2011 by Rouhani's predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.Sarpol-e Zahab is the town hardest hit by Sunday's 7.3 magnitude quake, the deadliest in Iran in more than a decade.Rouhani said Tuesday that any shortcomings in government constructed buildings in the earthquake zone will be punished.Reports said more than 12,000 tents were distributed in the area, though more than 30,000 houses were affected by the quake – 15,500 of them completely destroyed.
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