20 killed as earthquake strikes Pakistan
Published: 08:36 AM, 7 October 2021 Updated: 05:22 PM, 7 October 2021
People in the city of Quetta out on the streets in the aftermath of the quake - Photo: Collected
At least 20 people have been killed and hundreds injured after an earthquake struck Pakistan's Balochistan province in the early hours of Thursday as people slept.
Pakistan's disaster management officials said the death toll may increase as the rescue operations are still underway.
Images on social media showed people in the city of Quetta out on the streets in the aftermath of the quake.
The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and struck around 3:00 am (22:00 GMT) at a depth of around 20 kilometres (12 miles). A government official said people died when structures collapsed.
Local officials told BBC Urdu that at least 150 others are thought to have been injured, with several of them rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Many of the dead were women and children, according to the Reuters news agency.
Much of the damage appears to have affected the Harnai district, officials said. Harnai, which is located east of the provincial capital Quetta, has a large number of coal mines.
Balochistan's interior minister Mir Ziaullah Langu told the BBC that emergency services had been dispatched to the area. - BBC