5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southern Pakistan, Kills at Least 20

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Balochistan in southern Pakistan early on Oct. 7, killing at least 20 people, government officials said.

Disaster management officials warned that the death toll may increase as rescue operations are underway.

Local officials told BBC News that at least 150 people are believed to be injured, several of whom were hospitalized in critical condition.

Balochistan Home Minister Meer Zia ullah Langau said on Twitter that a rescue team has been dispatched to the Harnai district, the worst-affected area.

“Saddened over loss of human lives and properties due to disaster,” Langau said.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at around 3 a.m. local time and had a depth of 20.8 kilometers.

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