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Death toll in Iran-Iraq earthquake climbs above 200

More than 200 people are dead and 1,700 injured after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iran and Iraq.

Death toll in Iran-Iraq earthquake climbs above 200

Death toll in Iran-Iraq earthquake climbs above 200

STEPANAKERT, NOVEMBER 13, ARTSAKHPRESS:Iran's Press TV says the highest number of casualties in the country occurred in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah province, with the country's semi-official Mehr news agency saying 100 of the 207 reported dead were from that town alone.

While most of the deaths reported so far have been in Iran, the quake's epicenter was across the border in Iraq, about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad.

Tremors were felt throughout the region according the US Geological Survey, which said the quake reached a depth of 23km.

According to CNN reports, the quake crushed buildings in Darbandikhan, in northern Iraq, according to video from AFP. Dozens of people from the town were wounded, according to Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya province. In nearby Halabja, at least four people were reported dead.


     

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