Urgent Prayer Need: Deadly Earthquake Strikes Iran/Iraq

November 13, 2017 by Lindy Lowry in Prayer updates

More than 400 people have been killed and 7,000 injured in an earthquake that struck along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, Nov. 12. Officials are calling it the deadliest earthquake in the world in 2017. The BBC reported that teams are looking for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. The death toll is expected to rise.

The earthquake struck late Sunday night, sending terrified residents fleeing their homes into the streets. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was 19 miles outside the Iraqi city of Halabja.

According to CNN.com, the border cities were most affected in the earthquake, which registered a 7.3 and was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. The state-run network IRINN reported some 145 aftershocks. An estimated 100 of those who lost their lives are believed to be in the western Iran town of Sarpol-e-Zahab, a town 10 miles from the border,  authorities say. The BBC reports that the main hospital in the town was severely damaged, leaving it helpless to treat wounded. In the nation’s semiautonomous Kurdish region, USA Today reports that Iraq’s Interior Ministry said the temblor killed at least seven people and injured 535. Some cities have no running water or electricity.

Authorities in Iran and Iraq have initiated rescue operations. According to Iran’s semi state-run Tasnim news agency, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were reportedly traveling to the affected areas to help with rescue efforts. On Monday, Iran  declared three days of mourning.

Fatalities of the quake have already exceeded September’s Mexico City earthquake, in which 369 people were killed.

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