Hundreds dead after powerful earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border region

Hundreds dead after powerful earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border region

More than 200 people have died and 1,700 injured in the powerful tremor

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hundreds of people have died after a powerful earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran on Sunday. 

The earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale, has killed at least 335 people, according to local press reports citing the country's health officials.

Reports on the number of people injured in the event are conflicting, but all say thousands of people - between 1,700 to 5,600 - sustained injuries.

The epicentre of the quake was reported to be roughly 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, at a depth of 23 kilometres.

According to the Iranian press, the highest amount of casualties comes from the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, located in the Kermanshah province. 

The Mehr news agency is saying 100 people perished in this location alone.

Local authorities have said rescue teams are being hampered by landslides in the mountainous border region. 

Mosques in Baghdad have been broadcasting prayers for the injured and dead over loudspeakers in the city. 

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