AWARAN: At least 35 people have been killed and several others injured in a massive earthquake in Awaran, Southwestern province of Balochistan here on Tuesday.
According to Khairjan Baloch, Political Secretary to Chief Minister Balochistan and a former administrator in the worst-affected Awaran district confirmed the death of 30 people throughout the province.
“Six dead bodies have been recovered in Awaran bazar,” said Deputy Commissioner Awaran, Abdul Rasheed Baloch, adding that four dead bodies have been recovered in far flung villages of the district. “I fear more people are trapped inside the collapsed houses,” he said.
Baloch said a rescue operation was launched in the area and all forces were placed on high alert to retrieve the people from the rubble. He said there were reports that hundreds of mud- houses in the district had also collapsed during tremors.
According to the US Geoplogical Survery, the intensity of the quake was measured at 7.8 on the Richter scale while the Pakistan meteorological office said the epicentre was located near Kharan area of Balochistan.
According to sources, aftershocks were felt all over Balochistan including Quetta, the provincial capital. The earthquake was also felt in the adjoining province of Sindh, including cities of Karachi, Jacobabad, Khairpur, and Nowshero Feroz.
According to the Times of India, strong tremors shook tall buildings in New Delhi, sending people running out into the streets.