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Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan last night.  The worst affected areas were in Iran's western province of Kermanshah, where at least 328 people were dead and another 2,350 were injured. Across the border in Iraq, where the areas are more sparsely populated, the Iraqi health ministry said that eight people had died and several hundred have been injured. Iran's emergency services say that it is difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off due to aftermath landslides.

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