An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 which took place on the Iraq-Iran border late on Sunday left 402 people confirmed dead and 6,650 injured, according to reports from Iran’s Press TV. The quake is the deadliest of 2017 after overtaking September’s Mexico city shock in which 369 people lost their lives. It was felt as far as Turkey and Pakistan, with some 145 aftershocks being reported.
Authorities in Iran and Iraq have initiated rescue operations. Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi tweeted on Monday that he had instructed civil defense teams and health and aid agencies to do all that they can to provide assistance to those affected by the quake. Meanwhile in Iran, the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei sent a message of condolence and urged military and civilian help to be dispatched to quake victims.