Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran

Strong Quake Jolts Western Iran

Icy rains will be coming soon to Sarpol-e-Zahab, hard hit by Sunday's 7.3 magnitude quake, which killed more than 530 people and injured thousands.

With the feeling of devastation lingering for the dozens of Winnipeg families sitting helplessly and waiting, they've chose to put together a Go Fund me page to help the more than 7,000 people injured by the quake. Survivors desperately needed tents with elderly people and babies as young as a one-year-old sleeping in the cold for two straight nights.

Sarpol-e-Zahab fell to the troops of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his 1980 invasion of Iran, which sparked the eight-year war between the two countries that killed 1 million people.

In the village of Sarab Zahab, where 21 people died, Sirvan Gaderi, 21, said he was heading home when the quake struck and arrived to find his house badly damaged - his wife and daughter still inside.

Under the plan dubbed as Mehr or "kindness" in Farsi, some 2 million units were built in Iran, including hundreds in Sarpol-e Zahab.

"We came to the region without official figures about the damage, working together with the Iraqi Red Crescent", Kinik said.

Rescuers have dug with their bare hands through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful natural disaster that has killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran. "It was dark and terrifying and I don't know how we managed to get out of building", she said.

Rescuers carry away the body of an earthquake victim in Sarpol-e Zahab in western Iran
Rescuers carry away the body of an earthquake victim in Sarpol-e Zahab in western Iran

The semi-official ILNA news agency said at least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected by the natural disaster.

The epicenter of the quake was located around 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the city of Halabja, near the Iranian border, and 103 kilometers (64 miles) southeast of the city of Sulaymaniyah, at a depth of 33 kilometers, hitting at 9:18 p.m. local time (1818GMT), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

However, the temblor caused visible damage to the dam at Darbandikhan, which holds back the Diyala River.

The region has regular earthquakes and last night's struck along a 930-mile fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which runs through western Iran and into Iraq's northeast. "There are horizontal and vertical cracks on the road and in the body of the dam and parts of the dam sank lower", said Rahman Hani, the director of the dam.

Turkey has dispatched a total of 70 trucks of humanitarian supplies to quake-hit regions in northern Iraq, the head of a Turkish aid agency said on November 15. Ankara also said it would help Iran if Tehran requests assistance. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said his country acted immediately to provide medical and food aid to northern Iraq.

He added that more trucks were on their way from Turkey to Iraq. Pakistan also extended its condolences for the loss of life and injuries suffered by "our Iranian and Iraqi brethren".




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