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476 killed, 425 injured in SW Pakistan earthquakes

English.news.cn   2013-10-01 01:35:03            

A Pakistani survivor stands in front of a destroyed building in the earthquake-hit district of Awaran in southwest Pakistan's Balochistan province, Sept. 30, 2013. At least 476 people were killed and 425 others injured up till Monday in a series of earthquakes, measuring over seven degree at the Richter scale, that hit Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province last week, the military said. (Xinhua/Mohammad)

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- At least 476 people were killed and 425 others injured up till Monday in a series of earthquakes, measuring over seven degree at the Richter Scale, that hit Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province last week, the military said.

Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, spokesperson of the country's Inter Services Public Relations, said in a press briefing here on Monday that the quake destroyed 20,000 houses and affected over 100,000 people across the province.

Over 2,000 troops including doctors and medics are taking part in the rescue operation in the quake-hit areas despite security challenges, the spokesperson said.

Bajwa said that altogether six attacks has been lodged on the troops which were carrying out rescue and relief operation in the province, however, the soldiers of Pakistan army would stay in the area until the completion of operation.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan army has distributed 5,500 tents and 207 tons of ration packs among the affected people.

A quake of 7.7 magnitude hit the province on Tuesday and four days later, another earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude hit the same area on Saturday.

Local met office said that the epicenter of both the earthquakes was determined in Awaran district of Balochistan, where was worst hit in the earthquake.

Some officials from the district administration said that over 95 percent houses in the district were razed to ground following the devastating earthquakes.

Editor: Mengjie
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