Pakistan earthquake kills 20 in Balochistan province

Pakistan earthquake kills 20 in Balochistan province
Images from Balochistan showed collapsed walls and houses. Source: YAZDANI TAREEN
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Daily US Times: At least 20 people have been killed after an earthquake shook Pakistan’s Balochistan province early on Thursday.

Pakistani officials say the death toll may increase, and that many people were killed when structures collapsed.

Many of the dead were children and women, the Reuters news agency said.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was 5.9 magnitude that struck at a shallow depth of 9km. Shallow earthquakes can cause more damage.

Rescue operations are still under way, while local officials said that at least 150 others are thought to have been injured, with several of them rushed to hospital in critical condition.

According to Reuters, some people were treated on stretchers with medics using phones as torches.

More than 100 mud houses have collapsed because of the quake and a large number of buildings were damaged, leaving hundreds of people homeless.

In the aftermath of the quake, people in the provincial capital of Quetta out on the streets.

Officials said much of the damage appears to have affected the Harnai district.

Harnai has a large number of coal mines which could collapse during quakes.

Mir Ziaullah Langu, Balochistan’s interior minister, said that emergency services had been dispatched to the area.

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