, , ,

Over 150 dead in Balochistan quake

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Leave a Comment

More than 150 people have been killed and dozens injured in an earthquake striking parts of Balochistan while it is feared that the death toll could rise as scores of people are still trapped under the rubbles.

According to officials 130 dead bodies have been recovered so far.

The US Geological Survey on its website said a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 60 km northeast of Quetta, the provincial capital at 5.10 a.m. While According to geological survey of Pakistan, the epicenter of the quake was in Chiltan Mountains.

Pishin, Ziarat, Qila Abdullah, Chaman, Loralai, Sibbi, Mastung are hit badly areas. Several houses and buildings have been collapsed.

Ziarat is the worst hit area where 10 people were killed after land sliding whereas four people were killed in Khanozai. Ten bodies had recovered from the rubbles and shifted to hospital in Ziarat.
Dozens of injured are under treatment as government has imposed emergency in all the hospitals of the province.

While an official of Red Cross has confirmed the death of 80 people and said that their teams have been dispatched to the affected areas to help in rescue work.

A government official Sohail Al Rehman also confirmed of 80 deaths and said that more than 500 homes have been destroyed.

According to ISPR, contingents of FC have been dispatched in affected areas for rescue operations along with medical team. Two army helicopters have also been sent in Wachun and Kowas villages of Ziarat for rescue operations.

FC troops also moved from Pishin for rescue operations in Ziarat.

DIG Frontier Corps Balochistan has been also been flown to Ziarat to access exact damage for rescue operations.

Deputy director of geological survey of Pakistan Asif Rana said that more aftershocks are expected in these areas within next 48 hours. Dilawar Khan, a local mayor in the worst affected Ziarat district, said he had information of 50 deaths and more than 100 people being injured. Most of the dead are women and children.

The earthquake triggered mudslides in several parts of Balochistan.

Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. Gen. (r) Farooq Ahmed Khan has informed President Of Pakistan and Prime Minister, who is in Turkey about the latest situation in Balochistan.

President and Prime Minister has directed to use all the resources to help the affected people. NDMA is coordinating with Balochistan government, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), GHQ, Army Corps in Quetta and all others concerned to make a concerted response for the help of affected people.

Relief goods and tents are being dispatched as per requirements. Chairman and Senior Memebr NDMA have talked to Chief secretary Balochistan and local authorities to extend all necessary help and relief items, he said.

Meanwhile CM Balochistan Muhammad Aslam Khan Raeesani has cancelled his visit to Khuzdar and ordered instant relief activities for the earthquake victims.

According to details, the CM Balochistan has called an emergency session to review the loss and relief activities and he would be reported after each hour.

While before leaving for Ziarat, he ordered Rs. 7.5 million, 1000 tents, 1000 blankets, bags of flour and pulses, sugar and other edibles to be provided in effective areas instantly.

A massive earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale shook Kashmir and Pakistan's mountain region Oct 8, 2005, killing at least 73,000 people.