At Least 250 Dead in Pakistan Earthquake
At least 250 people have died as a result of Tuesday's 7.7 magnitude earthquake in the southern Balochistan province of Pakistan.
The earthquake struck at a depth of 20km, north-east of Awaran. Many houses were flattened and thousands have spent the night in the open, reports the BBC.
Over 1 000 army personnel have been summoned with leading the rescue operations, together with medical teams from the regional capital Quetta. The mountainous terrain is proving to be a considerable obstacle in their efforts.
The injured are reported to be around 400, but their number is likely to rise in the coming hours and days. Some of the most seriously wounded have been taken to nearby hospitals with helicopters.
The quake was powerful enough to cause the emergence of a small island off the coast of Gwadar.
People in the affected region of the country live mostly in mud houses, which contributed to a much higher damage.