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Strong earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border, kills 211

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 211 people, almost all of them in Iran.

According to Press TV quoting the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 09:18 p.m. local time on Sunday (00:40 GMT on Monday), was 32 kilometers south of the Iraqi city of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and just across the border from Iran.

But the highest casualties occurred in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, in Iran’s Kermanshah Province.

The Legal Medical Organization of Kermanshah has confirmed that it received 207 bodies until Monday morning.

According to the National Disaster Management Organization of Iran, as many as 1,700 people have been injured.

The organization says power cuts have been reported in Kermanshah Province. A number of villages in western Iran have also seen destruction of varying degrees.