ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – A powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake Sunday night hit the border areas between the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhilat), killing over 200 people.
The earthquake killed seven in the Kurdistan Region and injured dozens of people, according to the Health Minister Rekawt Rashid.
Photos posted on social media showed severe damages to buildings and properties in different parts of the Kurdistan Region, especially in the border areas with Iran such as Halabja, Darbandikhan, and surrounding cities.
Following the late evening quake, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) released a statement asking doctors on duty to be prepared to receive an influx of patients and treat victims of the earthquake across the Kurdistan Region.
In Rojhilat, casualties were much higher due to their proximity to the epicenter, with over 300 people dead and more than 2,600 injured across the region, according to the Iranian state media.
The earthquake was also felt in Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait and other countries in the region.
Editing by Nadia Riva