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.
The 7.3-magnitude quake leaves almost 4,000 people wounded, mainly in western Iran https://t.co/qCMR3eS0FA
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 13, 2017
At least 400 people have died after the deadliest earthquake of 2017 struck the border region between Iraq and Iran late Sunday https://t.co/3DKfJDvCwu
— CNN (@CNN) November 13, 2017