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Earthquake kills at least 20 in Pakistan

| Updated: October 07, 2021 17:38:47


People gather outside a hospital following an earthquake in Harnai, Balochistan, Pakistan on October 7, 2021, in this still image obtained from video — Courtesy of QuettaVoice.com /Social Media via REUTERS People gather outside a hospital following an earthquake in Harnai, Balochistan, Pakistan on October 7, 2021, in this still image obtained from video — Courtesy of QuettaVoice.com /Social Media via REUTERS

At least 20 people were killed and more than 200 injured when an earthquake struck southern Pakistan, Disaster Management Authority Director General Naseer Nasir said on Thursday, reports Reuters.

The quake with a magnitude of 5.7 was relatively shallow at 20 kms (12 miles) with an epicentre 102 km (62 miles) east of Quetta, said the US Geological Survey (USGS).

More than 100 mud houses collapsed and a large number were damaged, including government buildings. Hundreds of people were rendered homeless, Sohail Anwar, deputy commissioner in the city of Harnai, told Reuters news agency.

The dead were mostly women and children, said rescue officials.

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