At least 32 trucks loaded with basic humanitarian aid supplies arrived in quake-hit areas in northern Iraq, said a Turkish aid agency on Tuesday, according to Anadolu Agency.
An official of the Turkish Red Crescent in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil said a total of 18 trucks loaded with blankets, tents and food supplies had reached the city.
The humanitarian supplies were unloaded at a Turkish Red Crescent depot in the city from where the distribution would take place, the official noted.
Another 14 of the aid agency's trucks also reached Sulaymaniyah, another quake-affected city in the region, said the official.
Earlier in the day, the Turkish Red Crescent’s regional office in the eastern Turkish province of Erzurum announced that it had sent nine trucks loaded with heating stoves, blankets and mattresses were sent to the victims of Sunday's earthquake that rocked the Iraq-Iran border region.
Turkey was the first country to react in order to supply aid to the quake-hit population in the Kurdish-populated area, according to northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).
Immediately after the earthquake, Turkey sent a military cargo plane carrying aid and a search-and-rescue team to Iraq.
The epicenter of the quake was located around 32 kilometers southwest of the city of Halabja, near the Iranian border, and 103 kilometers southeast of the city of Sulaymaniyah, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
As a result of Sunday's 7.3-magnitude earthquake, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday that the death toll had risen to at least 530 with 7,460 injured.
Iranian officials also announced that 536 villages were destroyed, 12,000 houses had collapsed and at least 70,000 people were left without homes.
Last Modified: 11 15 2017 03:10 PM
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