Quake death toll rises sharply to 445 in Iran as more still buried in ruins

Updated 2017-11-14 03:32:58 Xinhua

The quake death toll has risen to 445 one day after the 7.3-magnitude powerful earthquake hit the Iran-Iraq border area, local media reported on Monday.

So far 445 people have been killed and 7,100 others injured in the quake measuring 7.3 magnitude.

The quake's epicenter was located approximately 32 km south of the city of Halabja in a remote mountainous region of eastern Iraq, some 200 km northeast of Baghdad and 400 km west of Tehran, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The rescue teams from across Iran are still digging out those who are stuck under the rubbles in the villages and towns in Kermanshah province.

In a telephone conversation with President Hassan Rouhani on Monday, Governor of Kermanshah province Hooshang Bazvand expressed concerns that the death toll would still rise, according to Tasnim news agency.

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