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5.7 Magnitude Earthquake in Balochistan

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Around 20 people have been after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit southern Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday, government officials said.

The quake struck Balochistan at 3am local time and at a depth of around 20km (12 miles), the US Geological Survey said.



Many of the victims died when roofs and walls collapsed, Suhail Anwar Hashmi, a senior provincial government official, told Agence France-Presse.

A woman and six children were among twenty dead, he said.

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“We are receiving information that 20 people have been killed due to the earthquake. Rescue efforts are under way,” provincial interior minister Mir Zia ullah Langau added.

Naseer Nasar, the head of Balochistan’s provincial disaster management authority, said that between 15 and 20 people had died, but that the toll may increase.

The worst-affected area was the remote mountainous city of Harnai, in Balochistan, where a lack of paved roads, electricity and mobile phone coverage has hampered the rescue effort.

The earthquake was also felt in Balochistan’s provincial capital, Quetta, which is about 100km west of the epicentre.

Pakistan straddles the boundary where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, making the country susceptible to earthquakes.

In October 2015, a 7.5-magnitude quake in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed almost 400 people across rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts.

The country was also hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on October 8, 2005, that killed almost 80,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Azad Kashmir.

 

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Just saw the report on AJ English. Are the roads really that bad in that area that medical aid can’t get through? Infrastructure in these areas need to be distributed in a way that some power storage (batteries) should be located near each town center, in a model similar to how each locality in China is required to stock provisions locally in case of a natural or man made disaster
 

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Just saw the report on AJ English. Are the roads really that bad in that area that medical aid can’t get through? Infrastructure in these areas need to be distributed in a way that some power storage (batteries) should be located near each town center, in a model similar to how each locality in China is required to stock provisions locally in case of a natural or man made disaster
yes the road situation is really bad. "highways" connecting quetta to rest of the country have just two lanes and are not dualized, and are in need of maintenance.
 

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