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President, PM direct coordinated relief efforts in Balochistan earthquake

President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed their condolences. Sources: FILE.

ISLAMABAD:  Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday condoled over the loss of life and properties due to the earthquake which struck Harnai area of Balochistan.

After receiving the initial report on quake-cause losses, the prime minister directed all relevant departments to assist the Balochistan government in its relief efforts.

“I have ordered immediate assistance on an emergency basis for the Harnai, Balochistan, earthquake victims & for an immediate assessment of the damage for timely relief & compensation,” the prime minister said on Twitter.

The prime minister also called for providing best medical treatment to those injured and assured the federal government’s cooperation in this hour of need.

The president conveyed his condolences over the deaths, prayer for peace of the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families to bear the loss. “I am sure that Provincial & National Disaster Management Authorities will provide quick relief,” the president said on Twitter.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani shared that assistance and evacuation efforts were under way and medical, local administration and disaster management teams are on high alert and mobilised,

“Blood, ambulances, emergency assistance, heli and rest all things are placed … All departments are working on it,” he tweeted, adding that all authorities are fully engaged in the relief and rescue efforts.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck parts of Balochistan on Thursday morning killing at least 20 people and injuring over 300 others, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said.

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, the earthquake was centred near the province’s Harnai district and had a depth of 15 kilometres. It added the quake had a longitude of 67.96 east and a latitude of 30.08 north. Tremors were felt in Quetta, Sibbi, Pishin, Muslim Bagh, Ziarat, Qila Abdullah, Sanjavi, Zhob and Chaman.