Balochistan earthquake: Death toll in Awaran hits 216

QUETTA: Balochistan government spokesman Jan Mohammad Buledi Wednesday morning declared that 216 people have died in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed almost everything in the Awaran district, while 8 persons died in Turbat of Balochistan.

Buledi said that in all six districts of Balochistan were hit by the earthquake, which included Turbat, Awaran, Panjgor, Chagi, Khuzdar and Gawadar, amongst these districts Awaran witnessed widespread devastations, where in Tehsil Mashkay; 55 persons died.

The provincial government has announced emergency. Rescue work is on its way and the Frontier Corps and the Army are providing aid to the victims.

District Administration and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority are also doing its every possible measure to provide relief and aid to the suffering people in the area.

Officials said the tremors demolished hundreds of mud houses and it was feared that the death toll would increase.

According to the Meteorological Department, the focal point of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake was 120Km southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan province at a depth of 23 kilometres. The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at 7.8.

Tremors were also felt in Quetta, Hub, Khuzdar, Qalat, Sibi, Mastung, Jafferabad, Gawadar, Turbat, Panjgor, Kharan, Jhal Magsi, Noshki and the adjoining areas. However, except Turbat, no loss of life reported in these areas.

Several areas in Sindh including Karachi was also hit by tremors, but its duration being brief, no damage was done.