EU Offers Support after Quake Hits Iran, Iraq
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said the 28-member bloc is ready to help the victims of a major earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq on Sunday.
In a message on Monday, Mogherini extended condolences to the people and governments of Iran and Iraq over the earthquake, offering the EU’s “support in anyway considered useful”.
At least 348 people have been killed and 6,000 injured in the quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.
Iranians, fighting time, hurried early Monday to dig out survivors trapped in dozens of collapsed buildings in the quake, whose epicenter was near Halabjah, southeast of Iraq’s Sulaymaniyah.
Hospitals in the western cities of Eslamabad-e-Gharb, Sarpol-e-Zahab, and Qasre-e-Shirin are packed with the injured people as the death toll is expected to rise.