Massive Earthquake Kills Hundreds, Injures Thousands In Iran And Iraq

A man looks at a damaged building following an earthquake in the town of DarbandikhanA man looks at a damaged building following an earthquake in the town of Darbandikhan, near the city of Sulaimaniyah, in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Iraq November 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Ako Rasheed)

An earthquake near the border of Iran and Iraq killed more than 400 people and injured thousands more Sunday evening in the deadliest earthquake of 2017, CNN reports.

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad near the Iranian town of Ezgeleh. At least 407 people were killed and nearly 6,000 were wounded in Iran. Iraq seemed to fair better, losing at least eight with at least 535 injured, The New York Times reports.

Iran’s state-owned newspaper posted a video of an interview of a Sarpol-e Zahab resident the day after the earthquake hit.

“There has been no help yet, neither food nor water, no clothing, no tents, there is nothing,” the resident said according to TheNYT. “There are no facilities yet. We’ve slept outside since last night. This is the condition of our homes. Our electricity, water, gas, phone lines are out, everything is completely out, the whole city has been destroyed, it is wrecked.”

The Iranian and Iraqi governments have launched rescue operations while residents continue to dig through piles of rubble to locate buried neighbors and loved ones. Iran has declared three days of mourning, CNN reports.

The earthquake and its aftershocks were felt throughout Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey.

“I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air,” Baghdad resident Majida Ameer told Reuters. “I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: ‘Earthquake!'”

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