Tehran/Baghdad, Nov 13: At least 207 people were killed after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck an area near the Iran-Iraq border, authorities confirmed on Monday.
Iranian Deputy Health Minister Qasem Jan Babaie told the media that the number of casualties was likely to rise, adding that at least 1,600 people were injured, reports Efe news.
Iran’s Press TV said the highest number of casualties in the country occurred in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah province which reported 100 deaths.
Rescue teams were continuing to search for survivors of the quake which struck at 9.20 p.m. on Sunday, near the town of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan, close to the northeastern border with Iran, at a depth of 33.9 km, according to the US Geological Survey.
Some 30 aftershocks, including some of magnitude-4.5, were felt in several Iranian provinces, including Kurdistan, Khuzestan, Hamedan, western and eastern Azerbaijan, and in capital Tehran.
Tremors were also felt in Turkey, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Armenia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.