Number of injured in Iran earthquake increases

Number of injured in Iran earthquake increases

At least 75 people were injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Gilangharb city in Iran's Kermanshah province on January 6, head of Iran Emergency Organization Pir Hossein Kolivand said.

Most of the injured people were hurt while escaping to the outdoors in panic, a medical official said.

Assessment teams of Iran's Red Crescent Society have been dispatched to the site of earthquake, governor of Gilangharb Kourosh Mahmoudian said.

"Some residential buildings and cattle farms were damaged and rockfall blocked the roads in the area," Tasnim cited Mahmoudian as saying.

The quake also affected the quality of drinking water in Gilangharb, he said, assuring that the local people will be provided sufficient high-quality drinking water.

The elementary schools and high schools will be closed in Gilangharb city on Monday, ISNA reported.

According to Iran's Seismological Center, the epicenter of earthquake was monitored at 34.16 degrees north latitude and 45.66 degrees east longitude with a depth of 10 km. At least 15 aftershocks, ranging from 3.0 to 4.8 magnitude, have shaken the region so far. The earthquake was also felt in neighboring Lorestan province as well as in Iraq.