The Philippines expressed its sympathy to the people of Iraq and Iran who were affected by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 300 people.
State television said more than 328 people were killed in Iran and at least 2,500 were injured. Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran.
“The people of the affected areas of Iran and Iraq are in our thoughts and prayers today,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy,” he added.
The earthquake took place at around two o’clock in the morning, Manila Time.
Philippine Ambassador to Tehran Wilfredo Santos said that the earthquake affected Sapol and Ilam; cities where some Filipinos live.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said both the Philippine Embassies in Baghdad and Tehran have reported that so far there are no Filipinos among the dead or injured.