Karachi: At least one hundred people are reported dead and more than 500 others injured in a major earthquake that rattled many areas of Pakistan on Monday noon.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said the earthquake was 8.1 on the Richter Scale. They said serious aftershocks are also expected in next 24 hours.
Peshawar, Chitral, Bajaur and Bunir and other localities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province are amongst the most affected areas. Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza and other northern areas braved massive land sliding mishaps after the earthquake.
However, emergency have been declared in all hospitals of the KpK province. Doctors and rescue workers fear the death toll would increase as the casualty figures from far-flung villages of hilly areas are yet to be received.
Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has instructed all the civil and military agencies of the country and provincial governments to help the affected citizens.
The chief of army staff General Raheel Sharif left for Peshawar and ordered that the personnel of armed forced present in the affected areas should immediately join the rescue and relief work without waiting for any further order.
The epicentre of the earthquake was in Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan.