Iran-Iraq border earthquake: Twitterati unite in prayers for the victims

The US Geological Survey stated that the quake hit 30 km southwest of Halabja in Iraq's Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm. Pir Hossein Koolivand, Iran’s emergency services chief, said that it was difficult to send the rescue teams to the villages as the roads were cut off due to landslides.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 13, 2017 1:51 pm
The earthquake on the mountainous Iran-Iraq border killed over 200 people. (Source: File Photo)

An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude hit the mountainous Iran-Iraq border on November 12 and killed over 200 people, injuring hundred others. According to officials, it also triggered landslides that obstructed the rescue efforts. Some videos posted on social media revealed the magnitude of devastation caused by the earthquake. The footages show people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq as windows shattered. According to the provincial deputy governor, at least 129 people died in Iran’s Kermanshah province on the Iraqi border.

The US Geological Survey stated that the quake hit 30 km southwest of Halabja in Iraq’s Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm. Pir Hossein Koolivand, Iran’s emergency services chief, said that it was difficult to send the rescue teams to the villages as the roads were cut off due to landslides. While people were still recovering from the shock, help and prayer for the victims poured on social media. While one user wrote, “Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected in my beloved Iraq and Iran. May Allah grant them ease,” another wrote, “#Jesus, Son of #God, our #prayer for over the hundred people who lost their lives, their dear ones, and over the thousand people who are injured in the magnitude 7.3 #earthquake that hit #Iran and #Iraq.”

Here are some of the tweets.

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