Strong quake hits parts of Balochistan, kills 20

At least 20 people were killed and 300 others injured as areas of Balochistan were jolted by a strong earthquake early Thursday morning.

Aftershocks are still being felt in different areas. The earliest tremors were felt at 3:20am after which panicked citizens rushed out of their houses reciting Kalimas and verses from the holy Quran. Relief and rescue activities are underway in the affected areas with emergency declared in all hospitals.

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), most of the deceased are children.

The quake affected Quetta, Sibi, Harnai, Pishin, Qila Saifullah, Chaman, Ziarat and Zhob in Balochistan. The magnitude of the quake was measured at 5.9 on the Richter Scale.

The death toll is feared to rise. According to the seismological centre, the epicentre was located near Harnai at a depth of 15 km.

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