A strong earthquake has hit Iran-Iraq border killing aabout 207 people.

In the latest update on the devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked the already troubled region on Sunday night, more than 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

The quake triggered landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said on Monday.

The quake hit 30 kilometres, 19 miles southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm on Sunday, when many people would have been at home, the US Geological Survey said.

On Monday, Iran gave a provisional toll of more than 200 dead, while only six others were reported killed on the Iraq side of the border.

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“There are 207 dead and around 1,700 injured”, all in Iran’s province of Kermanshah, Behnam Saidi, the deputy head of the Iranian government’s crisis, told state television.

Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the deputy governor of Kermanshah, said authorities there were “in the process of setting up three emergency relief camps”.

Iran’s emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand said it was “difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off… there have been landslides”.

Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, as windows shattered at the moment the quake struck.

There are also images from the nearby town of Darbandikhan which showed major walls and concrete structures had collapsed.

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