Number of injured in Iran earthquake rises to 716

Number of injured in Iran earthquake rises to 716

The number of injured in the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in western Iran the previous night has risen to 716, the Iranian authorities said, adding that no fatalities were reported from the temblor. 

According to Iran’s state television, most of the injured were immediately released from hospitals and suffered only slight injuries in the quake on Sunday night. The TV said 37 remained hospitalized.

It said more than 160 aftershocks occurred in the region, including two quakes stronger than magnitude 5. Dozens of rescue teams and several rescue dogs were deployed to the region. 

The earthquake struck western Iran near its border with Iraq, damaging buildings and sending fearful residents running into the streets. It hit near the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province, which was the epicenter of an earthquake last year that killed more than 600 people and where some still remain homeless, Associated Press reported.