QUETTA: As many as 238 people have been killed and about 400 injured in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit parts of Balochistan, Balochistan government spokesman Jan Mohammad Buledi confirmed to APP here on Wednesday.
Strong earthquake struck six districts of Balochistan including Turbat, Awaran, Panjgor, Chagi, Khuzdar and Gawadar, while it caused widespread devastations in Awaran district where some 200 people have so far been killed rendering hundreds others homeless.
According to met office tremor was also felt in Quetta, Hub, Kharan, Jhal Magsi, ,Qalat, Sibi, Mastung, and Jafferabad.
Reports reaching here suggested that earthquake destroyed plenty of villages leaving hundreds of people in open sky in Awaran, Kech, Turbat and Gwadar districts.
Soon after the calamity struck the parts of Balochistan, the provincial
government declared emergency in all hospitals across the province. “Four helicopters carrying relief goods and a team of doctors have left the affected area to rescue the trapped people”ISPR spokesman said.
Provincial government in collaboration with the Pakistan Army and
Frontier Corps troops, have launched massive rescue operation in the affected areas.
Provincial Disaster Management Authority officials when contacted said
that 19 trucks loaded with food packets, tents, blankets, medicines and other stuff have been dispatched to the calamity hit area while efforts were afoot to send plenty of more vehicles with relief goods.
Meanwhile the district Administration of Awaran said that they were doing their utmost to provide relief to the suffering people in the area.
The people trapped under the debris of the mud houses were being evacuated while the rescue teams were shifting injured to the nearby hospitals.
The injured were being moved to Karachi and Khuzdar hospitals, Balochistan government spokesman said. Several Balochistan legislators on the directives of CM Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch have reached the affected area to monitor the rescue efforts, he added.
When asked about the capability of the provincial government to tackle the situation, Buledi stressed that in the very first phase of the calamity we have enough resources to help the quake-batter areas people.
“Sindh government dispatched relief goods to Balochistan while KPK and
Punjab have also contacted Balochistan for assistance; he said adding
Turkey and Iran have also offered their assistance to Balochistan
government in its efforts to handle the disaster.
He noted that medical centers each at Awaran, Turbat and Khuzdar have
been set to provide immediate medical aid to the victims. “We are doing our best and utilizing all resources to ensure out reach of our teams to the quake-battered areas.