Seven dead and 200 wounded as powerful earthquake strikes Iraq and Iran

November 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

An injured person outside a hospital in Kirkuk (photo: Karwan Salehi, 12 November 2017)

Seven people died and 200 were wounded in northern Iraq after a strong earthquake hit the bordering areas between Iran and Iraq on Sunday night. Iranian media reported that around 400 had been killed in the western provinces bordering Iraq.

The earthquake hit at 21:08 on Sunday night (12th of November) which affected Halabja, Kirkuk, Sulaymaniyah and Diyala province.

The minister of health of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said seven died in the quake in the Sulaymaniyah province: four died in the town of Darbandikhan, two in Kalar city and one in Sulaymaniyah city itself.

Over 320 people were taken to hospital with 200 treated for injury and 120 were taken in for trauma and shock.

Shahab Ahmad, mayor of Kalar told Kirkuknow that a 12-year-old was killed after a wall collapsed and an elderly also died in the quake.

Safana Abdulkarim from Kirkuk meteorological center said the earthquake was 7.2 magnitude and initially hit areas around Halabja and subsequently the other areas in Iraq.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi called on the civil defense units to assist those areas affected by the quake.

quake victims in Azadi hospital in Kirkuk (photo: Karwan Salehi, 12th November 2017)

The KRG council of ministers called on the health workers to report for duty to assist those affected in the Kurdish areas.

Sulaymaniyah and Halabja declared Monday holiday to assist those affected.

Tasnim News Agency of Iran stated that by Monday evening 407 had been killed with over 6700 wounded across the western areas of the country affected by the quake.

 

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