In Iran-Iraq earthquake 200 people kill and more than 1,700 injured. When a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hinder rescue efforts, officials said on Monday.
We are in the process of setting up three emergency relief camps,” said Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the deputy governor of Iran’s Kermanshah province.
The quake hit 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm. When many people would have been at home.
Iran’s emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand inform it was “difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads signal cut off because of landslides”.
One aid agency inform that around 70,000 people need emergency shelter after the quake. One of the largest this year.
Most of those die in Iran’s western Kermanshah province, officials inform state media.
At least six more report to have died in Iraq, where people move into the streets in the capital, Baghdad.
Mosques in the city have been broadcasting prayers through loudspeakers.
“I was sitting with my kids having dinner. And suddenly the building was just dancing in the air,” a Baghdad mother-of-three, Majida Ameer, told Reuters news agency.
“I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: ‘Earthquake!'”
Most of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab. About 15km (10 miles) from the border. Iran’s emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand mention as saying on Iranian state television channel IRANIAN.
The town’s main hospital was severely damaged, leaving it struggling to treat hundreds of wounded, state TV reported.
Damage report in at least eight villages, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Organisation, Morteza Salim, told the channel.
“Some other villages have suffered power cuts and their telecommunications system has also been disturbed,”.
On the Iraqi side, the most extensive damage was in the town of Darbandikhan, 75km (47 miles) east of the city of Sulaimaniyah in the Kurdistan Region.
“The situation there is very critical,” Kurdish Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed inform Reuters.
It occurred at a depth of 33.9 km (21 miles). And quake signs in Turkey, Israel and Kuwait. Iran sits across major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes. Also 5.7-magnitude earthquake near Iran’s border with Turkmenistan in May killed two people. Also injure hundreds and caused spread damage.