Iran Looks for Survivors after the Earthquake Hits 2017

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

IRAN:- (Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017)

Iranian rescue workers are digging through the rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday. This was done after a major earthquake hit the Iran-Iraq border, killing over 350 people and injuring thousands. (Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017)

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

The earthquake was of 7.3-magnitude and hit a border area of 30 km (20 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan. It struck at around 9:20 pm on Sunday when many people were at home.

The most affected areas were in Iran’s western region of Kermanshah. This is where the coroner’s office told the state television that about 350 people were dead and around 2,350 are injured.

Across the border in Iraq, where the regions are more populated, the health ministry said that 8 people had died and several hundred were injured.

Some Iranians had to spend the night outdoors after fleeing from their homes in the mountainous cross-border region. While huddling around the fires at dawn as the authorities deployed help to affected regions.

A woman and her baby were taken out alive from the rubble in the Iranian town, local media reported.

Officials said that they were setting up some relief camps but the access to the areas wasn’t easy.

Pir Hossein Koolivand, Iran’s emergency service chief said that it was “difficult to send a rescue team to the villages because the roads were cut off due to landslides”.

The official IRNA news agency said that 30 Red Cross teams were sent to the quake zone. The parts which had experienced the power cuts.

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

More than 500 people were injured in both the regions and the nearby areas of Kirkuk.

IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER:- (Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to the government and armed forces to mobilize “all their means” to help the people. Local media reported that hundreds of ambulances and dozens of army helicopters mobilized for rescue operations including rural areas.

Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, an area of around 85,000 people close to the border. It was the worst-hit area, with around 236 dead, while the towns of Islamabad and Qasr-e Shirin was also affected.

Around 259,000 people live in the areas around these regions, according to the latest population reports.

State television footage showed that tents, blankets, and food were distributed in the areas hit by the quake.

At the time of dawn on Monday in Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, buildings were disfigured. The former facades of the buildings were lying in the rubble on crushed vehicles.

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

In an open space far from the wrecked housing blocks, the men and women were wrapped in blankets. They all huddled around a campfire to keep themselves warm.

More than 500 people were injured in both the regions and the nearby areas of Kirkuk.

Footage which was posted on Twitter showed that panicked people were fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah. As the windows shattered at the time the quake struck. The images from the nearby areas of Darbandikhan showed that the walls and concrete structures were collapsed.

In Darbandikhan, the officials called on residents to sleep outside homes as a precaution. The quake struck at a depth of 23 km and was felt for around 20 sec in Baghdad, and for longer in other regions of Iraq, AFP journalists said.

EARTHQUAKE HISTORY:- (Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017)

In Iraq, the health ministry said that the quake had killed 7 people in the northern region of Sulaimaniyah and 1 in the region of Diyala to its south.

In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake hit near the Caspian Sea in northern Iran and killed 40,000 people and left 300,000 plus injured and around half a million homeless. Within secs, the quake reduced dozens of areas and around 2,000 villages were turned to rubble.

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

Iran Survivors- Earthquake Hits 2017

13 years later, a quake struck the ancient southeast Iranian city of Bam, which was famed for its mud-brick buildings. It killed around 31,000 people and flattening many parts of the city.

Since then, Iran has faced around 2 major quake disasters. One in 2005 that killed more than 600 and another one in 2012 and left around 300 dead.

More recently, a 5.7-magnitude quake near Iran’s border with Turkmenistan in the month of May killed 2 people, injuring hundreds and caused great damage. -AFP

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