Earthquake: Rescue work in full swing in Pakistan as death tolls crosses 200


Karachi: The federal government of Pakistan has declared emergency in four provinces as the death toll of Monday earthquake crossed 200 mark.

At least 210 people are reported dead and more than 1200 others injured in a major earthquake, 8.1 on the Richter Scale that rattled many areas of Pakistan on Monday noon.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) warned serious aftershocks are expected in next 24 hours.

Peshawar, Malakand, Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza, Bajaur, Bunir, Swat, Shangila, Lower Dir, Swabi, Mardan and other localities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and the northern areas sustained heavy losses due to house collapse incidents. However, massive land sliding mishaps were reported from the hilly areas after the earthquake. Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Chakwal, Layyah and other areas of Punjab and some regions of Balochistan province also felt the jolts. However, in Sindh province no jolts were reported.

However, emergency have already been declared in all government hospitals. Medical teams of civilian and army doctors were rushed to the affected areas. 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 prime minister has also wrapped up his foreign trip and is leaving the UK for Pakistan today.

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. Heavy losses are being reported from different areas of Afghanistan. Some parts of the occupied Kashmir, and India also felt strong tremors.