Late Sunday, nearly 452 people were killed and 1000 injured after a strong earthquake near the border of Iraq and Iran.
It is the deadliest of the year, surpassing the one that struck Mexico in September 2017 and was felt as far away as Pakistan and Turkey.
As per the report by the country’s semi-official Mehr news agency, approximately 100 dead in Kermanshah province of Iran.
On Monday, Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister issued the statement:
“HEARTWRENCHING PICTURES FROM THE EARTHQUAKE DESTRUCTION AND LOSS OF LIFE IN KERMANSHAH (AND IN IRAQ). WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE INTERNATIONAL EXPRESSIONS OF PITY AND PROVIDES HELP. FOR NOW, WE CAN MANAGE OUR RESOURCES. MANY MANY THANKS FOR ALL OFFERS AND WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED”.
Northern Iraq: The health minister of the Kurdish Regional Government, Rekawt Hama Rasheed said that at least seven people dead in the Kurdish region. The health ministry added that 535 people were wounded. Iran has declared three days of mourning after the dead demise.
Iran’s Press TV reported Nearly 445 people dead and 7,100 injured on Monday afternoon.
As per the report by United States Geological Survey, the quake struck late Sunday night with an epicenter in rural regions on the Iranian border, south of the Iraqi city of Halabja.
The earthquake was at a depth of 23 km and was felt across the areas with aftershocks hitting Lebanon, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Turkey.
Iraq’s Meteorological Organization issued an alert on Iraqi state TV saying inhabitants to stay away from the buildings and to hold back from using elevators.
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Iran and Iraq Authorities have initiated rescue operations…
On Tuesday, Iranian state TV said that Hassan Rouhani, Iranian President planned to travel to Kermanshah to supervise rescue operations. The country’s health ministers are already there to oversee the rescue work.
Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi Prime Minister, tweeted that he “INTRODUCED CIVIL DEFENSE SQUADS AND HEALTH AND HELP AGENCIES TO PERFORM ALL THAT THEY CAN PROVIDE HELP” to those affected by the earthquake.
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