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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.
Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected in my beloved Iraq and Iran 😔
May Allah grant them ease 🙏🏼
🇮🇶 🇮🇷 #Earthquake
— Ali (@Jnoubi95) November 12, 2017
Massive #Earthquake in Iraq, Iran and other middle east countries. May Allah protect all.
— Qasim Naqvi (@SQRNaqvi) November 12, 2017
#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.#HolySpirit #Bible #Christian #Inspire
— Holy Bible Today (@holybibletoday) November 13, 2017
Today’s #earthquake in the #IranIraq border showed us the extent to which international borders are fake and temporary. The disaster that strikes miles beneath the surface, is blind to your “citizenship.” Hits you equally.
— Raheleh (@rhlabbasinejad) November 13, 2017
May Allah have mercy on us all and bless the souls of departed ones . Ameen !
— Dr Ayesha (@DrAyeshaNaveed) November 13, 2017
— Ehmed Usman (@EhmedUsman) November 13, 2017
— Herbert Maddison (@Herb_Maddison) November 12, 2017