Devastating earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border

Devastating earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border

Published by on November 14, 2017

A devastating earthquake hit Iran and Iraq along the border in the province of Kermanshah at around 9pm on Sunday and the cities of Qasr-e Shirin, Islamabad, Sar-e pol Zahab, Salas Babajani and Kerend were severly dmamged. So far the death toll has risen to over 400 as reported by the authorities and several thousand have been injured or gone missing under the rubbles. Tens of thousands are left without homes.

The number of victims is expected to be much more than officially reported and many of the injured are at risk of losing their lives due to lack of least medical facilities.

On Monday, 13 November, Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Revolutionary Guards, tried to minimize the extent of casualties in an interview with the regime’s TV, and said that there were only a few people left under the rubble, and necessary aid has already reached all stricken areas or will reach before sunset. But according to eye-witnesses, thousands of people are under debris in remote towns and villages, and have not received minimum aid. The hospitals of the earthquake-stricken areas are unable to accept the injured.

 


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