March 20, 2018

Earthquake jolts Iran and Iraq leaving 140 dead, hundreds wounded

By Khaama Press - Mon Nov 13 2017, 10:44 am

A powerful earthquake jolted Iran and Iraq bordering regions late on Sunday night leaving at least 140 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

According to the Iranian officials, at least 129 deaths have been reported only from the Kermansh province while the Iraqi officials are sayng that the death reports of at least six people have been received so far.

The officials are however saying that death toll could further rise as rescue operations are underway in the affected regions.

ran’s emergency services chief, Pir Hossein Koolivand quoted by the Iranian state TV said that most of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15km (10 miles) from the border.

In the meantime, the Kurdish health minister Rekawt Hama has said that the town of Darbandikhan in the Kurdistan region was badly affected due to the quake.

According to reports, the Richter scale of the quake has been recorded at 7.2 and the tremors were also felt in Turkey, Kuwait, and Israel.

According to the local media reports in Iran, the government has declared a three days of national mourning over the loss of lives.

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