Monday, November 13, 2017

Rising death toll after quake on Iran/Iraq border

quake on Iran/Iraq border
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region around the border between Iran and Iraq has killed at least 160 people state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble.

At least 160 people were killed in Iran, Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran's National Disaster Management Organization,said on the state television. More than 850 were injured, he said.
The earthquake was felt in several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning.


  1. A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked last night the western areas in Iran, killing more than 328 people and injuring thousands.

    Spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization Behnam Saidi said “The number of victims to the west of the country reached 328 while 2530 were injured.”

    Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas.

  2. The head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said eight cities and 526 villages in the western province of Kermanshah have been damaged in Sunday’s 7.3-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 348 people and injured thousands.

    Morteza Salimi said on Monday that eight cities, including Kermanshah, Qasr-e-Shirin, Salas-e Babajani, Gilan-e-Gharb, Sarpol-e Zahab, Dalahu, Eslamabad-e Gharb and Javanrud have been damaged by the quake.

    About 138,000 people were living within a 50 km radius of the earthquake's epicenter, he said, adding that 33,379 households have been affected by the temblor.

    Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Governor of Dalahu County Moradali Tatar said following the massive earthquake on Sunday night, some villages of the county have been 100 percent destroyed.

  3. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over heavy casualties and destruction caused by a strong earthquake in the west of the country...

    Please accept sincere sympathy and support for the relatives and friends of those who perished and wishes of early convalescence to all survivors of this calamity,' Putin said in a message published on the Kremlin’s website.

    Putin expressed to Rouhani, 'deep condolences over the heavy loss of human life and destruction in the west of Iran.'

    Sunday night’s earthquake in Iran on the border with Iraq left 328 dead and 2,530 injured. Kermanshah and Ilam provinces in the west of Iran were the hardest-hit.


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