On Sunday, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the province around the border between Iraq and Iran. At least 145 people killed as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under the wreckage as per the Statement of the state Media in two countries.
A spokesperson for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, Behnam Saeedi voiced, at least 141 people were killed and more than 850 were injured.
The earthquake was felt in quite of lot of areas of Iran, but the most solid hit province was Kermanshah which announced mourning for three days.
About 15 km (10 miles) from the Iraq border, more than 97 sufferers were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah. As per the reporting of state television, the main hospital of the town was harshly damaged and fighting to treat hundreds of injured people.
The US Geological survey stated, “the quake measured magnitude 7.3.” An Iraqi meteorology official placed its magnitude at 6.5 with the epicentre in Penjwin in Sulaimaniyah area in the Kurdistan region close to the main border crossing Iran.
Electricity was cut off in more than a few cities of Iraq and Iran, and due to a qualm of shocks, thousands of people have been transferred in both countries out into the parks and streets in cold weather.
In an interview on state television, Iranian interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli stated, “The night has made it difficult for helicopters to fly to the affected areas and some roads are also cut off…we are worried about the remote villages.”
In rural parts of the area in Iran, various houses are made of mud bricks and are known to smash easily especially are not able to handle the throw of quake-prone. Although, the armed forces of Iran have been positioned to help emergency services. The quake recording a magnitude between 7 and 7.9 can impose extensive and heavy damage.
A SEVERE DAMAGE TO HOSPITAL
On the side of Iraq, the most widespread damage was in the town of Darbandhikan, 75 km (47 miles) east of the city of Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan province.
According to Kurdish Heakth Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed, moreover, 30 people were injured in the town. He told, “The situation there is very critical.”
As the town’s main hospital was severely damaged and had no power, Rasheed said, “so the injured were taken to Sulaimaniyah for treatment.” He added, “Homes and Buildings had extensive structural damage.”
Local officials of Halabja said that a boy of 12 years old died of an electric shock from a falling electric wire on him. Many people in Baghdad (the capital of Iraq), rushed from their houses and huge buildings in panic.
Majida Ameer, who ran out of her house in the capital Salihiya district with her three children, told, “I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air, I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: ‘Earthquake!’”
Similarly happened in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region and across other cities of northern Iraq, nearby the quake’s epicenter.
The meteorology centre of Iraq advised people to stay away from buildings and not to use elevators, in case of aftershocks.
The people of Turkey’s Southern-eastern city of Diyarbakir also conveyed a strong tremor, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in the city.
Turkish Red Crescent Chairman Kerem Kinik voiced broadcaster of NTV, “Red Crescent team in Erbil were preparing to go to the site of the earthquake, and that Turkey’s National Disaster Management Agency. AFAD, and National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE) were also preparing for a reply to its offer for help.”
Kinik said in a tweet, “Turkish Red Crescent was gathering 3,000 tents and heaters, 10,000 beds and blankets and moving them towards the Iraqi border.”
He added, “we are coordinating with Iranian and Iraqi red crescent groups. We are also getting prepared to make deliveries from our northern Iraq Erbil depot.”
The media of Israeli said the quake was felt in many parts of Israel as well.