Pakistan: Earthquake in Balochistan leaves 20 dead, more than 300 wounded
(MENAFN) Provincial Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove stated that a minimum of 20 persons lost their lives and more than 300 others were wounded after an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude struck Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province early Thursday morning.
The minister said to the media that a state of emergency has been announced in all districts of the province impacted by the earthquake to support rescue efforts and health services.
Helicopters are being dispatched to the impacted areas to move the severely wounded to other cities, comprising the provincial capital of Quetta, according to the minister.
The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 3:01 a.m. local time with focal depth of 15 km and the epicenter based close to the Harnai district, noted the National Seismic Monitoring Center of Pakistan.
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