A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck parts of Balochistan early on Thursday morning, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 300.
According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), most of the deaths and injuries were reported from the remote north-eastern district of Harnai.
The National Seismic Monitoring Centre in Islamabad reported that the epicentre of the earthquake was near Harnai at a depth of around 15 kilometres.
The PDMA added that rescue and FC teams are taking part in the rescue operation and were dispatched from Quetta, Pishin and Ziarat to Harnai. A shortage of ambulances and medicines has been reported.
Chief Minister Jam Kamal, in a tweet, assured that all assistance will be provided to the stricken district of Harnai and medical, local administration and disaster management teams have been mobilised.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that troops have reached Harnai for rescue and relief efforts, with necessary food and shelter items being dispatched for the affected people of the district.
The military’s media wing added that army doctors and paramedics, along with necessary medicines and equipment, are also assisting the civil administration. At least nine critically injured were evacuated to Quetta through Army Aviation helicopters.
It further said that IG FC Balochistan (North) has reached Harnai for damage assessment and response, with urban search and rescue teams dispatched from Rawalpindi to further aid rescue efforts.