around 20 people died after an earthquake met a force of 5.7 hit southern Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday, government officials said.
The earthquake struck Balochistan at 3 a.m. local time and at a depth of about 20 km (12 miles), the US Geological Survey said:.
A lot of of the victims died when roofs and walls collapsed, Suhail Anwar Hashmi, a senior provincial government official, Agence told France-Presse.
A woman and six children were under twenty dead, he said.
“We receive information die 20 people died in the earthquake. Rescue attempts are under way”, provincial interior minister Mir Ziaullah Langau added.
Naseer Nasar, the head of Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority said between 15 and 20 people had died, but that the toll could add up.
The worst affected area was it remote mountainous city of harness, in Balochistan, where a lack of paved roads, electricity and mobile telephone coverage hindered the rescue attempt.
The earthquake was also felt in The provincial capital of Balochistan, Quetta, about 100 km west of the epicenter.
Pakistan stretches out over the boundary where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, making the country prone to earthquakes.
An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale in October 2015 in Pakistan and Afghanistan kill nearly 400 people over rugged terrain that hampered relief efforts.
The country was also hit by an earthquake met a force of 7.6 on October 8, 2005, dat nearly 80,000 dead people and left about 3.5 million homeless people, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
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