Around 20 people were killed and more than 200 injured in southern Pakistan after a shallow earthquake hit the area in the early hours of Thursday as people slept, as per reports.
According to reports, many of the victims died after roofs and walls collapsed due to the 5.7 magnitude quake in the Balochistan province and power cut forced health workers to treat the injured people using flashlights.
The remote mountainous city of Harnai was the worst-affected area, where a lack of paved roads, electricity and mobile phone coverage hampered rescuers.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Ullah Langau said, "We are receiving information that 20 people have been killed due to the earthquake.”
A woman and six children were among 20 dead, as informed by Suhail Anwar Hashmi, a senior provincial government official. He also added that more than 200 people have been injured.
Hashmi said that they will soon send helicopters to the area to help support the rescue operation and to evacuate the injured people.
Meanwhile, Naseer Nasar, the head of Balochistan's Provincial Disaster Management Authority, warned that the toll may rise.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and struck around 3 am at a depth of around 20 kilometres (12 miles).
It was also felt in Balochistan's capital Quetta.
The earthquake caused electricity to fail in the region, with health staff working until dawn without lights in a poorly equipped government hospital.