QUETTA Oct 07,2021- The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Balochistan’s Harnai has risen to 20, while over 300 people have been injured.
Aftershocks continue after the quake, which has spread panic among the victims. There is a danger of houses collapsing due to aftershocks.
The district administration said that all educational institutions would remain closed today due to the earthquake in Harnai.
A medical emergency has been declared at the Civil Hospital Quetta due to the earthquake in Harnai. Doctors and staff of the hospital have been called on an emergency basis.
The district administration of Harnai said that the victims should follow the instructions given on loudspeakers and people should avoid going to the affected houses.
According to DHO Dr Rashid Nasir, the death toll from the quake in Harnai has risen to 13, with injuries expected in remote mountainous areas.
He said that DHQ hospital was facing shortage of medicines and had informed the authorities for immediate supply of emergency drugs and surgical instruments.
The DHO said the number of fractures and head injuries was high among the victims, adding that surgeons were liaising with the provincial health department to provide doctors.
Yester night severe earthquake hit different areas of Balochistan including Quetta, Sibi and Harnai. More than 70 houses have also been damaged in Harnai and Shahrag.
According to the seismological center, the magnitude of the quake was 5.9 and the depth was 15 km underground while its epicenter was near Harnai.
Several people were crushed and injured in different areas.
According to PDMA, most of the dead were children. Rescue operations are underway in all areas.
ISPR said that nine critically injured people were airlifted to Quetta from Harnai by Pakistan Army aviation helicopters.
The Pakistan Army’s media wing further said that IGFC Balochistan North has reached Harnai to assess the damage.
The ISPR also said that the Pakistan Army’s Urban Research and Rescue Team were being sent from Rawalpindi to Harnai.
DHO Dr Rashid Nasir said that 10 critically injured people have been airlifted to Quetta.
He said that all the injured men and some of them were elderly.
The DHO also said that the injured had head injuries, hand and foot fractures while some were in a coma.