Earthquake of magnitude of 6.6 jolts parts of Pakistan, 6 killed several injured

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Earthquake in Pakistan

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 rocked South Asia on Sunday, April 10.

In line with details at least 6 people were reportedly killed as a result of the powerful earthquake which jolted Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir and Northern India. South Asian countries felt the powerful tremor on Sunday afternoon.

The tremors caused a landslide on the Karakar mountain range which connects Swat and Buner. While at least two others passed away in Shabqadar Shahbaz Khan Korona of district Charsadda, as a result of a wall collapse. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), Pakistan’s capital shook, along with Murree, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Gilgit-Baltistan, Abbottabad, Mansehra and surrounding areas. USGS said that the quake was centred near Chitral at a depth of 210 km. Tremors were also felt in the Indian Capital, where people reportedly evacuated their houses. Moreover, Dushanbe- capital of Tajikistan which is a bordering country of Afghanistan was alos jolted by this earthquake.

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Soon after the quake struck, at least 27 people, who had sustained injuries, were brought to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital. Those injured in several incidents included women and children. However, injured women and children brought to Lady Reading Hospital, sustained minor injuries. Dr Khalid- Director of Lady Reading Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department, while briefing the media about the injured people said that all the injured had sustained minor wounds. He said that 18 injured people who were brought to the hospital were already discharged, after medical treatment was administered to them.

Soon after the earthquake, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the federal, civil, military and other respective provincial institutions to take steps to offer relief to the victims of the earthquake. However, National Disaster Management Authority has issued a warning after the jolts, stating that aftershocks are likely to hit the country after these powerful tremors.