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Iran earthquake: At least 530 people have died


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Iran earthquake: At least 530 people have died

International Desk 2017-11-15 13:29:33 Comments

At least 530 people have died and more than 70,000 in need of emergency shelter after devastating earthquake on Iran-Iraq border.

Rescue workers in Iran resumed work as soon as the sun rose on Tuesday. Diggers and other heavy equipment were used to shift the debris caused by the magnitude 7.3 earthquake which struck on Sunday evening.

More than 70,000 people are now in need of emergency shelter in the cold November temperatures.

Relief workers said while much aid had been pledged, there was an immediate need for blankets, children’s clothes, medicine and large cans to store drinking water.

Field hospitals were coping with the thousands of injured, although many were being sent for treatment in other cities.

Sunday’s magnitude 7.3 quake was centred 31 kilometres (19 miles) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, the US Geological Survey said.

It struck at a relatively shallow depth of 23.2 kilometres (14.4 miles), which usually leads to broader surface-level damage, and tremors recorded as far west as the Israeli coast of the Mediterranean and as far south as Baghdad.

Across the border in Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535 others, all in the country’s northern, semi-autonomous Kurdish region, according to its Interior Ministry.

Many of the heavily damaged complexes in Sarpol-e-Zahab were part of construction projects begun under former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

November 15, 2017

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