Hundreds Dead After Earthquake Rocks Communities in Iran, Iraq



More than 400 people are dead and thousands injured after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake reverberated from its epicenter in Ezgeleh, Iran, near the Iraq border, on Sunday night.

The earthquake was tracked about 135 miles north of Baghdad. Some of the worst damage was reported to be in the mountainous regions of Iran. Search efforts were underway for survivors Monday after many slept in the streets Sunday night during the ensuing aftershocks.

At least eight people were killed on the Iraq side of the border, with more than 500 hurt.

Direct Relief is reaching out to healthcare facilities in the Sulaymaniyah region of Iraq, as well as other partners throughout the region to coordinate requested medical aid.

AFAD, Turkey’s disaster and emergency management agency, is on the scene in Iraq and Direct Relief is preparing a shipment of requested medicines and supplies for their outreach teams.

Direct Relief has also been in contact with the World Food Programme staff in Baghdad that is working to respond.

Direct Relief is also reaching out to groups like the Arab Red Crescent who are providing aid on the ground, and will ship requested medical aid as needed.

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