At least 20 people were killed and over 300 others injured after an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale. Jolted Pakistan’s Balochistan on Thursday morning, provincial Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove said.
The minister told the media that they declared a state of emergency in all districts of the province. Affected by the earthquake to assist rescue efforts and health services, reports Xinhua news agency.
According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre of Pakistan, the 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 3.01 a.m. A focal depth of 15 km and the epicenter is located near the Harnai district.
Quetta, Mastung, Muslim Bagh, Qila Saifullah, Sibi, and Pishin felt the jolts.
Director-General of Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Balochistan, Naseer Nasar, said they reported casualties from the Harnai district of the province where houses collapsed after the jolts.
Rescue teams have rushed to the affected areas and started rescue work, said Nasar. Adding that rescue work was facing problems due to the mountainous terrain of the district and disconnection of power supply.
According to local media reports, landslides in the quake-hit areas have blocked several roads affecting the rescue works.
Nasar said they sent heavy machinery for rescue work to the affected areas but it will take some time to reach the sites.
The Director-General said initial reports from the ground said that it hit at least three villages in Harnai district where around 70 houses collapsed.
Deputy Commissioner for Harnai city Sohail Anwar Hashmi said they shifted the bodies and the injured to nearby hospitals. Also that the majority of the deceased and injured were women and children.
The official told the media that the death toll might further rise as at least 15 injured people and it buried several people under the debris of the collapsed houses.
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