Death toll of Iran's deadly earthquake continues to rise

خسارات زلزله در پل ذهاب- کرمانشاه

Tehran (ISNA) – According to the media reports, the toll of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in the west of Iran has risen to at least 341 killed and 5340 more injured.

The earthquake struck near the Iran-Iraq border. The U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said the quake was recorded at 9:18 p.m. local time (1:18 p.m. ET) Sunday. It measured the quake at a magnitude 7.3, while Iraq's state geologists said it was magnitude 7.5.

The official death toll was expected to rise. The rescuers are trying to help those affected.

The earthquake was felt in several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning.

Following the earthquake last night in the western regions of Iran, in particular in Kermanshah province, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered his condolences on Monday morning and urged rescuers and all government agencies to do all they could to help those affected,

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has also tasked First Vice-President Dr Jahangiri to mobilize all the facilities of the country to rescue fellow Iranians trapped under the rubble, as well as to fully treat the injured.

In his order to the First Vice-President, Dr Rouhani wrote: "Following the orders last night to mobilize all available facilities of the country, and in particular neighboring provinces, for urgent and relief efforts for fellow Iranians trapped under the rubbles, medical care for the injured and supply the needs of the people affected, given to the honorable Minister of Interior, it is essential that with regard to the extent of the painful disaster, which, unfortunately, led to the loss or injury of a large number of our fellow Iranians, especially in Kermanshah province, you manage the issue for full support and mobilize all the facilities of the administration and other public and military institutions, as well as NGOs".

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