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March 2, 2021

Pakistani troops in rescue effort after quake, state of emergency in Iraq

Pakistani troops have mobilised to help the victims of an earthquake centred in nearby Iran that killed at least 34 people, as the United States offered help to both nations.The epicentre of Tuesday’s magnitude 7.8 quake lay in southeast Iran, but most of the deaths reported so far have been across the border in Pakistan’s province of Baluchistan, where hundreds of mud-built homes suffered damage. Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported one death and five injuries as of Wednesday morning. The powerful tremor shook the ground and caused panic as far afield as Kuwait and the Indian capital New Delhi. Thousands of people evacuated towering residential and office buildings in Dubai. It was also felt in Abu Dhabi, the Saudi capital Riyadh and Oman. A new aftershock early on Wednesday disturbed the locals on the Iran-Pakistan border. The US Geological Survey measured its magnitude at 5.7. At least 27 people were hurt in Iran, according to a local governor speaking to the official IRNA news agency. Earlier reports by another Iranian news agency, ISNA, had reported an estimated 46 deaths there, however, only one death has been confirmed thus far. IRNA said crisis management authorities had declared a state of emergency in the area. The head of Iran’s Red Crescent rescue corps, Mahmoud Mozafar, said communications to the stricken areas had been cut. Last week, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake also hit Iran killing at least 37 people and injuring 850 more in the country’s southwest.

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