At least 20 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, local people said, with rescue teams attempting to clear debris and gain access to the area.
The 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck as most residents of the Harnai district, about 100km (60 miles) east of the provincial capital Quetta, were asleep at just past 3am local time today. Most homes in the Harnai area, where the earthquake occurred, are made of mud and stone, and are more susceptible to damage from earthquakes in comparison with concrete or brick structures.
Many of the victims died when roofs and walls collapsed. A woman and six children were among the dead.
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