A powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck the border region between Iran and Iraq on Sunday 12 November. The centre of the earthquake was 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja.
More than 300 people have been killed, thousands more injured and dozens are still trapped under rubble. Many homes in the mountainous area are made of mud bricks and are at risk of collapse. Local officials believe that the death toll could rise as search and rescue teams reach remote areas.
Saleh Saeed, the Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of this devastation and the terrible loss of life and injury it has caused. We understand that hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes and possessions and are now in need of emergency shelter. We are closely monitoring the situation to assess the scale of this emergency and what humanitarian assistance is required.”
The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) is monitoring the situation and is currently not planning to launch an appeal. For information on when we launch an appeal click here.