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Death Toll Rises to 430, With More Than 7100 Injured — Iran Quake

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Cris De Lacerda | 15 Noviembre, 2017, 03:10

The death toll in the devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Iran in a region bordering Iraq on Sunday, has reached 422 with thousands of Iranians spending a second night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures, the media reported on Tuesday. The epicenter lay just miles outside the eastern Iraqi Kurdish city of Halabja; a city infamous for the chemical attacks it suffered in 1988 under the thumb of Saddam Hussein and Ali Hassan al-Majid.

"From the depth of my heart, I express my sorrow and sympathy to the Iranian people, particularly the dear people of Kermanshah Province and especially families who lost their loved ones in this heartrending disaster", Ayatollah Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website. Three days of mourning have been announced. The quake killed 348 people in the country and injured 6,603, authorities said.

The Turkish Red Crescent has announced it is sending supplies to Erbil, including 3,000 tents, 10,000 blankets, a mobile kitchen, 3,000 heaters, and 10,000 beds.

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

The last major casualty earthquake in Iran struck in East Azerbaijan province in August 2012, killing over 300 people.

A woman stands next to wounded people as they are treated following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah.

Survivors spent Monday night in makeshift camps or in the open. Several years of intense fighting followed, however while ISIS's territorial majesty has been crushed, Iraqi Kurdistan has failed to regain stability. Immediate medical help was provided to the injured victims.