Officials told the BBC that at least 20 people were killed after an earthquake slammed Pakistan’s Balochistan province early on Thursday.
According to authorities, the death toll could rise, as many people were killed when buildings collapsed. According to the Reuters news agency, many of the victims were women and children. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.9 and occurred at a shallow depth of 9 kilometers. Shallow quakes have the potential to do more harm.
Rescue efforts are still ongoing. At least 150 more are believed to have been hurt, according to local officials, with several of them transported to hospitals in critical condition. According to Reuters, some individuals were treated on stretchers with medics using phones as lamps.
Hundreds of people have been displaced as more than 100 mud huts collapsed and a considerable number of buildings were destroyed, according to an official. People in the province capital of Quetta were seen out on the streets in the aftermath, according to social media images.
According to officials, the Harnai district appears to have taken the worst of the devastation. Harnai, east of Quetta, contains a huge number of coal mines that could collapse following an earthquake. Emergency services have been rushed to the region, according to Baluchistan’s interior minister, Mir Ziaullah Langu.
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