QUETTA: Oct 29 (APP)- At least 26 people died and dozens other sustained injuries when a 6.1 intensity earthquake jolted most parts of northern and central Balochistan early Wednesday morning. The jerks were felt at 0430 hours and 0510 hours which demolished and damaged scores of houses in Ziarat, Quetta, Kuchlak, Pishin, Chaman, Mastung and Loralai.
In Ziarat, which is the worst affected area the district nazim Dilawar Khan Kakar confirmed death of 25 people in union council Kawas, Werchum and Kach.
He feared that the death toll could go up as land sliding reported at road links to surrounding villages.
Similarly, one 18-year old girl died while five other people would critically hurt as their poorly constructed houses failed to withstand the tremor in Khanozai, tehsil of district Pishin.
In the provincial capital, only five people were reported hurt in earthquake related incidents. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani arrived at the CM Secretariat soon after the earthquake rattled the province and ordered declaration of emergency in the hospitals of the affected areas. He also ordered the provincial Disaster Management authorities to provide relief to the affected people utilizing all available resources.
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