Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

‘The villages have vanished’: Earthquake stories

Latest news

    Building damaged by earthquake in IranImage copyright Khosrow
    Image caption The earthquake has destroyed many buildings, injuring thousands and killing hundreds

    A picture of widespread devastation is emerging from around the border region between Iraq and Iran after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck on Sunday evening.

    Witnesses who spoke to the BBC have been describing conditions in the wake of the tremor.

    Khosrow: ‘My aunt, cousin and my cousin’s children died’

    Image copyright Khosrow
    Image caption Several members of Khosrow’s family died in the earthquake

    Khosrow lives in a village near Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the worst-hit places, close to the Iraq border. He said members of his family have been killed and the village devastated.

    “Walls have fallen on my sisters and father. I had to drag them out of the house.

    “My mother is injured. My aunt, cousin and my cousin’s children died,” he said.

    “The whole village is ruined.

    “Graves are cracked and some of the bodies have come out the ground.

    “There is no water. People are using water from the river. We have no food. We need water and warm clothes.”

    Amir: ‘I think the death toll will rise’

    Image copyright Alireza
    Image caption Destruction is widespread in some areas

    Amir lives in Sarpol-e Zahab. He said up to 30% of the city had been destroyed.

    “The Mehr social housing buildings are ruined,” he said.

    “In the city, 30% of the buildings are ruined.

    “People need food and water. The rescue teams are in the town but I think the death toll will rise.”

    Mehrdad: ‘The villages have vanished’

    Image copyright UGC
    Image caption The quake caused many homes to collapse

    Mehrdad’s relatives in Kermanshah province are sheltering in tents after their homes were destroyed.

    “I have visited the villages near the centre of the earthquake in Kermanshah to bring food and tents to my relatives,” he said.

    “The villages have vanished.

    “People don’t have enough food and water and need tents.”

    Salah: ‘People are staying outside’

    Image copyright Salah
    Image caption People are staying in tents in Kermanshah, but residents say they urgently need supplies

    Salah lives in the county of Salas-e Babajani, in Kermanshah province.

    “We are close to the centre of the quake,” he said.

    “People are staying outside.

    “There are only a few tents and 50-80% of the houses are ruined.

    “There is no food and medicine.”

    View the original article:

    Compiled by UGC and Social News team and BBC Persian

    In the same category are

    Car hits pedestrians near Rio’s Copacabana beach Image copyright EPA Image caption The car hit people and crashed through tables and chairs of a cafe, eyewitnesses say A car has ploughed into cro...
    Why are some flu outbreaks so much worse than others? Image copyright Getty Images Flu comes along every winter, but how many people it will infect - and just how poorly they will be - is incredibly dif...
    ‘Shaking’ Malaysia Airlines flight turns back to Australia Image copyright SANJEEV PANDEY Image caption Passengers say staff ran them through emergency procedures A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to d...
    Hope for threatened ‘little tiger cat’ Image copyright Jerry Laker Image caption Güiñas are considered pests by some people as they can steal chickens It's the smallest cat in the Ameri...
    Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24, scientists say Image copyright Getty Images Adolescence now lasts from the ages of 10 to 24, although it used to be thought to end at 19, scientists say.Young peop...
    US government shutdown: House backs funding bill and sends it to Senate Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is unclear if there are enough votes in the Senate to back this stopgap funding measure The House of...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *