An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the richter scale struck near the border of Iran and Iraq on Nov. 12. It’s the deadliest quake of 2017, killing at least 530 in both countries. It injured thousand more.

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Sources: United Nations organizations, international news organizations, responding INGOs.


The earthquake hit in rural Iran, near the Iraqi city of Halabja, and about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Aftershocks were felt in Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey.

The quake caused widespread damage to buildings in both countries. The Iranian city of Pol-e Zahab, in the Kermansha province, suffered at least 236 deaths, according to local authorities.
An estimated 70,000 people were left homeless as a result of the quake, which destroyed and estimated 12,000 homes and damaged an additional 15,000.


  • Action Against Hunger has an assessment team in the area to determine needs and a response plan.
  • Americares is currently working with local partners in the area to assess needs and determine a response.
  • Child Foundation is responding to help those affected by the earthquake through its’ local office in Kermanshah. It has also launched a fund to receive donations.
  • Direct Relief is working with partners in the region to determine needs and ship supplies.
  • International Red Cross and Crescent is responding in Iran and Iraq to provide immediate relief.
  • Keep Children in School is providing funding for education in the Kermanshah region.
  • Mom’s Against Poverty has been working in Iran since 2010 and is responding to earthquake needs.
  • Relief International is responding in Iraq and Iran to medical needs related to the earthquake.
  • World Health Organization has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the treatment of thousands people injured as a result of the recent earthquake in the  Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq border region.