Nov 13 2017 22:17
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Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has extended condolences to President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi. 
"I was deeply saddened by the news of numerous human casualties and destructions as a result of a powerful earthquake in the west of your country," reads the message.
President Aliyev expressed his deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the victims, to all the people of Iran and Iraq on behalf of himself and the people of Azerbaijan, wished recovery to the wounded and injured, and wished the immediate removal of consequences of the natural disaster. 
More than 300 people were killed in Iran and Iraq yesterday when a powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region, state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble.
A quake registering a magnitude between 7 and 7.9 can inflict widespread and heavy damage. Moreover, many houses in rural areas of Iran are made of mud bricks that can crumble easily in a quake.
The earthquake was felt in several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning.
More than 150 of the victims were in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, about 15km from the Iraq border.
The main hospital of the capital of the county was severely damaged and could not treat hundreds of injured people who were taken there, the head of the Iranian emergency services said.
The US Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.3. 
According to preliminary data, there are no Azerbaijani citizens among the dead and injured during the earthquake in Iran, this was reported by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan to the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
According to the diplomatic representation, no relevant information has been received from the Iranian authorities. Also, no Azerbaijani citizens residing in Iran and registered in the consulate did not apply.
According to the Consulate General, Azerbaijani citizens live mainly in provinces that have not been affected from the earthquake.


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