TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday paid a visit to Iran's western province of Kermanshah, where relief efforts are still underway after a massive earthquake that killed 436 people last week, Tasnim news agency reported.
His visit to the quake-ravaged province is aimed to meet the victims and those left homeless by the quake and observe the course of relief operation in close, the report said.
Khamenei sympathized with the families of victims and called for more relief efforts by the Iranian officials.
In the 7.3 magnitude earthquake, with the epicenter near Iraq's Sulaymaniyah, over 9,000 Iranians were also wounded.
The earthquake destroyed 11,000 rural houses and 4,500 urban dwellings in Kermanshah province.