Hun­dreds die in Iran-Iraq quake

Western Mail - - NEWS -

RES­CUERS us­ing dig­gers and other heavy equip­ment were search­ing through the de­bris of build­ings top­pled by a pow­er­ful earth­quake on the bor­der be­tween Iran and Iraq, as aid work­ers found new vic­tims.

The grim work be­gan again at dawn in the Kur­dish town of Sar­pol-e-Za­hab in the western Ira­nian prov­ince of Ker­man­shah, which ap­pears to have been the hard­est hit by the mag­ni­tude 7.3 earth­quake on Sun­day night.

Res­cuers and lo­cal res­i­dents stood on top of the re­mains of apart­ment com­plexes, look­ing through the rub­ble. They used heavy blan­kets to carry away bod­ies.

The quake killed 430 peo­ple in Iran and in­jured 7,460 oth­ers, while seven deaths oc­curred in Iraq and 535 peo­ple were in­jured.

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