SULAIMANIYAH, IRAQ: Nearly 135 people died and several others wounded as 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the mountainous Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.
The video and photographs of the incident has gone viral on the social media that showed Iran natives running from a building in Sulaimaniyah. The photographs also displayed destroyed walls and buildings.
As per Iranian state broadcaster IRIB, at least 129 people lost their lives and 300 people had been wounded. The death toll is likely to increase in the coming days.
The reports revealed that six people died on the Iraq side of the border.
“We are in the process of setting up three emergency relief camps,” asserted Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the deputy governor of Iran’s Kermanshah province.
At around 9.20 pm, the earthquake struck 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan, the US Geological Survey affirmed.
Iran’s emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand stated, “It was hard to send rescue teams to the earthquake prone areas as the roads have been closed due to heavy landslides.”
The earthquake mostly affected Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah and Azgaleh.
The natives came out on the roads of Sulaimaniyah and some harm to property was reported, reports said.
Earlier, 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Iran in year 1990 close to the Caspian sea. During that time, 40,000 people lost their lives and 300,000 wounded.
In the month of May, Iran witnessed earthquake of magnitude 5.7 near the border with Turkmenistan that took the lives of two people and wounded several others.