Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Toll in Iran-Iraq quake rises to 530

Toll in Iran-Iraq quake rises to 530

A magnitude 7.3 quake hit western part of Iran along the border with Iraq on Sunday Nov.12, 2017 at 21:48 pm local time, killing at least 328 people and injuring more than 3950 up to now.

The report Tuesday afternoon by the IRNA news agency said the number of injured in the temblor now stood at 7,460.

Tuesday has been declared a national day of mourning in Iran for hundreds of people killed in Sunday's natural disaster that also devastated parts of bordering Iraq.

Over 200 aftershocks have hit the region since Sunday quake.

Kermanshah's provincial officials said about 12,000 houses both in urban and rural regions across the province have been totally damaged due to the strong natural disaster.

Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that the immediate needs were tents, water and food. We need help. We need everything.

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He said that the injured soldier and policeman were shifted to a hospital where there condition is stated to be out of danger. A police officer said a militant hideout has been unearthed, while the search operation in the area is still in progress.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world.

Also, 40 ambulances, 55 4WD vehicles, 9 rescue vehicles, and 5 helicopters have been dispatched by Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society from the first hours of the morning for assistance.

On Tuesday, Iran marked a day of mourning, with a black banner adorning the corner of images of the disaster broadcast by state television.

Full-scale rescue operation could start only with the dawn, and yet unknown, are still people under the rubble.

Thirteen years later, a catastrophic quake flattened swathes of the ancient southeastern Iranian city of Bam, killing at least 31,000.

Iran has experienced at least two major quake disasters since - one in 2005 that killed more than 600 people and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.

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