>> Escorting the injured to Hospital in Iran. Over 450 people are dead and more than 7,000 injured after magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Iran and Iraq on Sunday. The epicenter was in Iraq but right near the border between the two countries. Most of the dead were killed in a mountainous region in Iran with the main hospital was also severely damaged.
Reuters' Iran bureau chief, Parisa Hafezi, says many people were sleeping when the earthquake struck.>> Many houses in rural parts of the province are made of mud bricks, and they collapsed and you can imagine how it was when people were sleeping. So they just couldn't run out of the house and that's why the death toll is rising.
Because people are on the rubles and it's difficult for rescue teams to reach out to them.>> The earthquake was felt as far south as the Iraq capital, Baghdad and in parts of Turkey and Israel. Fears of aftershocks sent thousands of people outside to the streets in both Iraq and Iran.
>> It's wintertime, it's cold, there's no electricity, water, and it will be very difficult to help those people. But the officials are saying that hospitals, camps have been set up and they're trying to help people.>> The quakes also triggered landslides that are hindering rescue efforts. Officials expect the casualty toll to rise once they managed to reach more remote areas of Iran.