The Serve On International Response Team is monitoring the situation following Sunday's earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border.

The 7.3-magnitude quake struck in the mountainous Kermanshah province of Western Iran, just 25kms from the Iraqi border town of Halabja.

Photo courtesy of Hindustan Times

Photo courtesy of Hindustan Times

The death toll in Iran stood at 413 today, with 6,700 injured and tens of thousands of people made homeless. Many of the casualties were in the most badly-affected town, Sar-e-Pol-e Zahab, with a population of 85,000.

Casualties were lighter on the sparcely-populated Iraqi Kurdistan side of the border, but Red Crescent workers put the death toll there at nine, with several hundred people injured.

Photo courtesy of NBC

Photo courtesy of NBC

Iranian authorities have mobilised the military and say the most immediate need is for tents, water and food.

Serve On has been monitoring the VOSOCC for information on the need for assessment and USAR but there are so far no requests for help from Iran or Iraq and both countries are described by the Red Crescent as being on top of the situation.

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