QUETTA: Balochistan government spokesman Jan Mohammad Buledi Wednesday morning confirmed that 238 people have died in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that flattened almost everything in the Awaran district, while 8 persons perished in Turbat of Balochistan, Geo News reported.
Buledi said that in all six districts of Balochistan were hit by the earthquake, which included Turbat, Awaran, Panjgor, Chagi, Khuzdar and Gawadar, while of them Awaran witnessed widespread devastations, where in Tehsil Mashkay alone 55 persons died.
The provincial government has declared emergency. Rescue work is underway and the Frontier Corps and the Army are providing aid to the victims.
District Administration and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority are also doing its utmost to provide relief and succour to the suffering people in the area.
Provincial government spokesman Jan Muhammad Buledi said: “We are seriously lacking medical facilities and there is no space to treat injured people in the local hospitals.
“We are trying to shift seriously injured people to Karachi through helicopters and others to the neighbouring districts.”
The scale of the territory involved is daunting. Awaran district has an estimated population of around 300,000, scattered over an area of more than 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles).
Officials said the tremors demolished hundreds of mud houses and it was feared that the death toll would increase.
According to the Meteorological Department, the epicentre of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake was 120Km southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan province at a depth of 23 kilometres. The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at 7.8.
Tremors were also felt in Quetta, Hub, Khuzdar, Qalat, Sibi, Mastung, Jafferabad, Gawadar, Turbat, Panjgor, Kharan, Jhal Magsi, Noshki and the adjoining areas. However, except Turbat, no loss of life reported in these areas.
Several areas in Sindh including Karachi was also hit by tremors, but its duration being brief, no damage was done.
Source: The News