More than 400 killed in earthquake near Iran-Iraq border
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake claimed more than 400 lives according to the latest data
Rescue services in Iran continue to clear the rubble in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Sunday on the Iran-Iraq border and claimed more than 400 lives.
The earthquake killed 407 people and injured several thousand, Iranian state media reported on Monday. Most of the victims were in the city of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the province of Kermanshah. Iraqi Red Crescent reports nine dead and 400 injured.
Tens of thousands of Iranians are forced to sleep on the street for the second night in a row.
According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake was in the area of the city of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan..
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi instructs medical and humanitarian organizations to do everything possible to provide assistance to victims.
“We will do our best to help them. I wish all our citizens safety, ”he tweeted.
The first shock was followed by numerous aftershocks, due to which people were rapidly leaving their homes..
The earthquake disrupted electricity and telephone communications in some cities in Iran and Iraq, further complicating rescue efforts.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck along a 1,500-kilometer fault line that stretches across Iran and Iraq..
Earthquakes with large human casualties have occurred in Iran many times. An earthquake in the southern city of Bam in 2003 killed at least 26,000 people. Earthquake in Iranian province of East Azerbaijan in 2012 killed more than 300 people.
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