More than 300 people have died after a powerful earthquake hit close to the Iraq-Iran border, causing extensive damage to homes and Darbandikhan's main hospital. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Rescue teams sifted through demolished buildings in the Iraqi district of Darbandikham on Monday (November 13), a day after a heavy earthquake hit, killing at least six people in Iraq and more than 300 across the border in Iran. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.3. An Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5 with the epicenter in Penjwin in Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region, close to the main border crossing with Iran. Electricity was cut off in several Iranian and Iraqi cities, and fears of aftershocks sent thousands of people in both countries out onto the streets and parks in cold weather. The Iranian seismological centre registered around 118 aftershocks and said more were expected. The head of Iranian Red Crescent said more than 70,000 people were in need of emergency shelter. On the Iraqi side, the most extensive damage was in the town of Darbandikhan, 75 km east of the city of Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region. The district's main hospital was severely damaged and had no power, according to the Kurdish Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed.