5.7 magnitude quake hit Balochistan province

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As many as 20 people were killed and more than 200 injured when 5.7 magnitude quake struck southern Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday as people slept, government officials said.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and struck around 3 am at a depth of around 20 kilometres (12 miles).

According to the initial report, most of the victims died when roofs and walls collapsed after the quake jolt Balochistan province, with a power cut forcing health workers to treat the injured using flashlights.

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The details show that the worst-affected area was the remote mountainous city of Harnai, where a lack of paved roads, electricity and mobile phone coverage hampered rescuers.

The quake caused electricity to fail in the region, with health staff working until dawn without lights in a poorly equipped government hospital.

While talking to the media Balochistan home minister Mir Zia Ullah Langau said that they were receiving information that 20 people have been killed due to the earthquake.

Senior provincial government official, Suhail Anwar Hashmi said “We are soon sending helicopters to the area to help support the rescue operation and to evacuate injured”.

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