A major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border killing at least 415 people and injuring thousands. The magnitude of earthquake registered 7.3 in Richter scale. The quake affected a border area 30 km south-west of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm on Sunday.
Many people would have been at home when the quake hit in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah, where authorities said it killed at least 407 people and injured 6,700. Across the border in more sparsely populated areas of Iraq, the health ministry said eight people had died and several hundred were injured.
As dusk approached on Monday, tens of thousands of Iranians were forced to sleep outside in the cold for a second night as authorities scrambled to provide them with aid. Some had spent Sunday night outdoors after fleeing their homes in the mountainous cross-border region.