Thursday October 07, 2021

Army Relief Operation In Balochistan Earthquake Hit Areas Underway

QUETTA: A relief operation by the Pakistan army in the earthquake hit areas of Balochistan are underway, ISPR said.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), contingents of Pakistan Army reached in the earthquake hit areas of Harnai timely and launched rescue and relief efforts.

Necessary food and shelter items were being provided to the people in earthquake affected areas.

“Army doctors and paramedics along with necessary medicines are assisting civil administration for necessary medical care,” said ISPR.

Nine critically injured were airlifted to Quetta through Pakistan Army Helicopters, read the statement.

IG FC Balochistan (North) is also in Harnai for damage assessment and response and the urban search and rescue team is being flown from Rawalpindi to speed up and assist in rescue activities.

It merits mention that a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck parts of Balochistan including Quetta before dawn on Thursday left dozens of people dead and hundreds injured as roofs and walls of several houses collapsed.

The tremor was also felt in Sibi, Pishin, Muslim Bagh, Qila Saifullah Kachlak, Harnai and surrounding areas. People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran.

According to National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicenter of the quake was located in Harnai at the depth of 15 kilometres.

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