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Iran raises its death toll to 214 in earthquake

Posted at 3:02 AM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 03:02:29-05

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran' state TV has further raised the death toll from a powerful earthquake the previous night along the Iran-Iraq border, and reports that 214 people were killed and 2,504 injured in the temblor.

The Iranian Health Department is asking citizens to donate blood for the injured.

Monday's TV report says that more than half of the casualties are from the town of Sar-Pol-Zahab and the district of Ezgeleh, which have a combined population of 30,000.
The only hospital in town was heavily damaged and the army has set up field hospitals to help those needing assistance. The TV says rescuers are trying to help those affected.

In Iraq, the ministry's spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, said on Monday that 321 people were injured on the Iraqi side. Maan says all the casualties are in Iraq's self-ruled northern Kurdish region.
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.
The quake could be felt across Iraq, shaking buildings and homes from Irbil to Baghdad and as far west as Anbar province.