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5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes southern Pakistan

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has devastated the Harnai district outside the city of Quatta in Southern Pakistan with sources reporting that at least 20 people were killed on Thursday morning, 07 October 2021.

According to multiple sources, the residents of the Harnai district were woken up at 3am early morning today by a sudden tremor with many unfortunately succumbing to their injuries after roofs and walls collapsed on them due to the devastation caused by the earthquake.

The minister of Balochistan province, Zia Langove, confirmed that at least 20 people lost their lives and an estimated 100 people suffered injuries although latest reports are suggesting that the number may have risen to over 200 people.

“At least 20 people have been killed and we are estimating that about 100 are injured,” said Langove, as quoted by Al Jazeera. ‘There has been quite a lot of land sliding, and teams are currently working to clear the roads to the area,” added Langove, as per Al Jazeera. Multiple sources report that the US Geological Survey revealed that the earthquake was at a depth of 20km and its epicentre located 102km east of the provincial city of Quetta.

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