At least 22 dead in powerful new Pakistan earthquake
AWARAN, Pakistan (AFP) - A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 22 people in a region already devastated by a tremor which left more than 300 people dead this week, local officials said.
“The death toll is increasing. Rescue workers have so far recovered 22 dead bodies,” Mr Hari Fal, the top government official in Khuzdar town told AFP, adding that more than 50 people have been wounded.
Officials fear the toll in Saturday’s quake in Awaran, the poorest district in the southwest province of Balochistan, could still rise further.
The new quake struck the remote district at a depth of 14km at 12:34 pm according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).