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President, PM condole over losses in Balochistan earthquake

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck parts of Balochistan early on Thursday morning, killing at least 20 people and injuring over 300 others. The President and PM of Pakistan expressed their condolences over the loss and directed relief efforts.

President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday condoled over the losses of life and properties due to the earthquake which rocked the Harnai area of Balochistan.

After receiving the initial report on quake-cause losses, the prime minister directed all relevant departments to assist the Balochistan government in its relief efforts.

“I have ordered immediate assistance on an emergency basis for the Harnai, Balochistan, earthquake victims & for an immediate assessment of the damage for timely relief & compensation,” the prime minister said on Twitter.

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Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi expressed his condolences and assured that disaster management authorities will provide relief.

“I am sure that Provincial & National Disaster Management Authorities will provide quick relief,” the president said on Twitter.

The prime minister also called for providing the best medical treatment to those injured and assured the federal government’s all-out cooperation in this hour of need.

Both the president and prime minister conveyed their condolences over the deaths, prayer for peace of the departed souls, and strength to the bereaved families to bear the loss.

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Earthquake in Balochistan

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck parts of Balochistan early on Thursday morning, killing at least 20 people and injuring over 300 others, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said.

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, the earthquake was centered near the province’s Harnai district and had a depth of 15 kilometers.

It added the quake had a longitude of 67.96 east and a latitude of 30.08 north.

Tremors were felt in Quetta, Sibbi, Pishin, Muslim Bagh, Ziarat, Qila Abdullah, Sanjavi, Zhob and Chaman, the PDMA said in its initial report.

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It further said the “exact damage” has not yet been confirmed.

The death toll was also confirmed by the Deputy Commissioner of Harnai District Sohail Anwar Hashmi. He said six children were also among the deceased.

The injured, which include women and children, have been shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Harnai, he said.

Courtesy: APP with additional input by GVS