Tehran (November 13, 2017): Over 400 people are dead, while over 2500 injured after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iran and Iraq.
According to News Agency, the highest number of casualties in the country occurred in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah province, while 100 of the 207 reported dead were from that town alone.
The quake crushed buildings in Darbandikhan, in northern Iraq. Dozens of people from the town were wounded, according to Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya province. In nearby Halabja, at least four people were reported dead.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei sent a message of condolence, and urged military and civilian help to be dispatched to quake victims.
While most of the deaths have been reported in Iran, the quake’s epicenter was across the border in Iraq, about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad.