Islamabad: At least 335 people were killed and over two thousand injured in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region.
According to media of two countries, rescuers are searching for dozens trapped under rubble. The earthquake shook several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.
More than 236 of the victims were in Sarpol-e Zahab town which has a population of thirty thousand. One Iranian aid agency said seventy thousand people need shelter after the quake. Meanwhile, Turkey has dispatched emergency personnel and aid to quake hit northern areas of Iraq.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that thirty three aid trucks carrying 3,000 tents and heaters, 10,000 beds and blankets and food have been dispatched to Iraq’s city of Sulaimaniyah.