A weak earthquake struck southern Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday. Which cause killing over 20 people and injuring more than 200. According to government officials.
After the 5.7 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Balochistan region. Many of the victims died when roofs and walls fell. Also requiring health personnel to treat the injured with flashlights due to a power outage.
The hardest-hit location was the isolated alpine city of Harnai. Where rescuers were hamper by a lack of paved roads, electricity, and cell phone service.
“We have received reports that 20 people have died as a result of the earthquake”. According to Balochistan’s home minister, Mir Zia ullah Langau.
A lady and six children were among the 20 persons who died. According to Suhail Anwar Hashmi, a senior provincial government official. “More than 200 people have been injure,” he said.
“We’ll be sending helicopters to the region shortly. However to assist with the rescue effort and to transport injured people,” Hashmi added.
The chairman of Balochistan’s Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Naseer Nasar. Who cautioned that the death toll might climb.
Electricity Gone in Hospitals Due to Earthquake
The tremor knocked out power in the area. Also forcing health workers to operate without lights until daybreak. In addition in a poorly equipped government hospital.
“With the aid of torches and mobile lamps, we were working without electricity before morning”. Zahoor Tarin, a senior official at the government-run Harnai hospital, told AFP.
“The majority of the injured had broken limbs. “At least 40 individuals were receive with serious injuries,” he added. Adding that “dozens of people were in the back after first assistance.”
“In the hospital, we’ve declared an emergency and are treating them medically.”
Individuals were assisting in the transport of the injured to hospitals.
The quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and occurred at 3 a.m. at a depth of around 20 kilometers. According to the US Geological Survey (12 miles).
The earthquake was also experience in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.
Pakistan is on the tectonic plate border where the Indian and Eurasian plates collide. Which render it vulnerable to earthquakes.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan and Afghanistan in October 2015. However killing over 400 people and impeding rescue operations due to the difficult terrain.
On October 8, 2005, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the nation. Almost killing about 73,000 people and displacing approximately 3.5 million people. Mostly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
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