Vastavam web:Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that 450 people were killed and 7,370 injured in the Sunday earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border.
Official reports had put death toll at 407. There was elaboration on the discrepancy in Tasnim’s report, though double-counting is common in the aftermath of such emergency situations in Iran.
More than half of the casualties are from Kurdish-majority town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermansh province. The only hospital in the town was heavily damaged and the army set field hospitals.
The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.