Death toll in Iran-Iraq earthquake reaches 445; thousands injured
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that 445 people were killed and 7,370 injured in the Sunday earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border.
Official reports had put the death toll at 407. There was no elaboration on the discrepancy in Tasnim’s report, though double-counting is common in the aftermath of such emergency situations in Iran.
More than half the casualties are from the Kurdish-majority town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermansh province. The only hospital in the town was heavily damaged, and the army set up field hospitals.
The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.