More than 207 people were killed and at least 1,700 were injured in Iran on Sunday when a powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the country, state media said, as rescuers stepped up efforts overnight to find dozens trapped under rubble.
Darbandhikhan & Halabja, 2 Iraqi Kurdish towns bordering Iran were the centre of tonight’s 7.2 magnitude that shook parts of Middle East.
News of 6 dead in Iranian Kurdish towns and 2 dead in Iraqi Kurdish towns. The number are very likely to increase .
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More than 30 people were injured in the town, according to Kurdish Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed.
“The situation there is very critical,” Rasheed told Reuters.
The district’s main hospital was severely damaged and had no power, Rasheed said, so the injured were being taken to Sulaimaniyah for treatment. There was extensive structural damage to buildings and homes.
In Halabja, local officials said a 12-year-old boy died from an electric shock when an electric cable fell during the earthquake.
Many residents in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic.
“I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air,” said Majida Ameer, who ran out of her building in the capital’s Salihiya district with her three children. “I thought at first that it was a huge bomb.But then I heard everyone around me screaming: ‘Earthquake!’“
There were similar scenes in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, and across other cities in northern Iraq, close to the quake’s epicentre.
Iraq’s meteorology centre advised people to stay away from buildings and not to use elevators, in case of aftershocks.
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Last Update: Monday, 13 November 2017 KSA 09:00 – GMT 06:00