The earthquake is the deadliest of the year, eclipsing the one that hit Mexico City in September
, and was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan.
Around 100 of the dead are believed to be from one town in Iran’s Kermanshah province, the country’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
- Iran: 445 people confirmed dead, 7,100 injured, Iran’s Press TV has reported Monday afternoon.
- Northern Iraq: 7 people dead in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, said Rekawt Hama Rasheed, the health minister of the Kurdish Regional Government. Iraq’s health ministry added that 535 people were injured.
- Rescue efforts: Authorities in Iran and Iraq have initiated rescue operations; Iran has declared three days of mourning.