Colombo, Nov 13 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Monday offered his condolences to the victims of an earthquake which struck close to the Iraq, Iran border killing over 200 people.
Sirisena, in a message on his official Twitter account said, “My deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims of the earthquake that struck the border region between Iraq and Iran. Hope the people will overcome the calamity with their spirit of resilience.’
At least 328 people have been killed and 2,500 people injured after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook Iran and Iraq in the early hours of Monday.
Around 70,000 people are now in need of emergency shelter after tremors were felt across the Middle East, including Turkey, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The quake was centred 32 km southwest of Halabjah, near the north eastern border with Iran, and struck at a depth of 25km.