Deadly earthquake in Iran-Iraq border kills more than 400 and injured thousands

A huge rescue effort is under way after a deadly earthquake struck Iran’s mountainous border with Iraq on Sunday, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000.

The Islamic Republic News Agency in Iran said the earthquake killed 430 people and injured at least 7,100.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry confirmed that seven people in the neighbouring country were killed by the earthquake, with 535 people wounded.

Other reports put the death toll in Iran at more than 450.

Running water and electricity cut out in some cities, and after buildings collapsed, people were forced to spend hours outdoors in parks or streets in cold weather.

Many homes in the predominantly Kurdish mountainous areas are made of mud bricks and are vulnerable in quakes as large as Sunday’s.

One aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, and there were reports that thousands of people were facing a second night in the cold as dusk fell.

The UN said it was “ready to assist if required” in a statement from a spokesman for the secretary-general.

Landslides have made it harder for rescuers to reach those affected in rural areas, and there are fears a dam could burst after it was damaged by the earthquake.

People living nearby have reportedly been asked to leave.

The head of the Iranian Red Crescent said more than 70,000 people were in need of emergency shelter.

Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton in England, said that in a region where earthquakes are common, Sunday’s quake appeared to be “the largest in a long time.”

The quake also damaged the dam holding back the Diyala River near Darbandikhan in Iraq.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the damage would impact power production.

As you’re here…

5Pillars have one humble request from you…

Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.

5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.

This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.

Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).

You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?

If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]

 

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT 5PILLARS

Add your comments below