A powerful earthquake that struck different regions of Balochistan caused the death of around 20 people and injured over 300 others in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The aftershocks are still felt across different regions following the earthquake. The first tremors occurred at 3:20 am. Then, people in a panic rushed out of their homes and began to chant Kalimas and passages from the Holy Quran. Rescue and relief efforts are in progress in the affected areas, with an emergency declaration at all the hospitals.
As per the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the majority of the dead are children.
The quake impacted Quetta, Sibi, Harnai, Pishin, Qila Saifullah, Chaman, Ziarat, and Zhob in Balochistan. In Balochistan, the magnitude of the earthquake was estimated to be 5.9 on the Richter scale.
The death toll could continue to increase. As per the seismological center that the epicenter was close to Harnai at 15km in depth.
A large portion of the damage appears to be affecting most of the damage appears to have affected Harnai district, according to officials. Harnai located to the east of the capital city of the province, Quetta has a significant quantity of coal mining.
A medical emergency was announced at Civil Hospital Quetta where doctors, as well as other paramedical personnel, were called in on an emergency basis, the medical director of the hospital told.
According to a press release issued by the ISPR ISPR, food items, and shelter materials are being moved for the affected population.
Army doctors and paramedics, along with the necessary medications are helping the civil administration with necessary medical attention as the ISPR statement said.
The ISPR stated that nine critically injured victims were evacuated via airlifts to Quetta via Pakistan Army aviation helicopters.
The Balochistan (North) IGFC has also reached Harnai to evaluate the damage and an urban team of search and rescue has been transported from Rawalpindi to help speed up and support search and rescue operations.
As per the deputy chief of Harnai, Sohail Anwar Hashmi many people were rushed to the hospital with critical conditions.
The deputy commissioner claimed that many buildings in Harnai were destroyed, and numerous people were left in the rubble. He also said that certain government structures were also destroyed. The power supply to the region was cut off according to him.