At least 20 people have been killed in a moderate earthquake in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, officials say. The death toll from Thursday’s quake has risen to more than 300, according to a report by Dawn.
After several tremors spread on social media, the panicked people of Quetta were seen leaving their homes and standing outside. According to preliminary reports, the magnitude of the quake could be as high as 5.6 on the Richter scale, the BBC reported. Dawn’s report says this level is 5.9.
The worst-hit area was Harnai district. The quake affected Quetta, Sibbi, Pishin, Muslim Bagh, Ziarat, Qila Abdullah, Sanjabi, Jove and Chaman.
Harnai is located east of Quetta, the provincial capital, and has many coal mines. The quake destroyed hundreds of mud houses and damaged scores of buildings, Harnai Deputy Commissioner Sohail Anwar told Reuters. Rescue workers said most of the dead were women and children. Many of the injured had to be treated on stretchers on the road, while doctors had to use mobile phone lights instead of torches.
The seriously injured have been admitted to the hospital. Some of them are in critical condition.
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