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Earth quake in pakistan
Around 208 people died in the Awaran district alone. It is feared that the death toll will continue to rise as many people are reportedly trapped under rubble.
The food supplies that took 25 hours to reach to Awaran are now expected to be distributed tomorrow. According to reports, the security situation prevalent in the town is proving to be hindrance in the distribution of necessities to the affected people.
Army troops have also been deployed, reported Khan.
Awaran which is a sparsely populated town of 150,000 people has come to a standstill since the earthquake which has claimed over 350 lives in the province.
Amongst other issues faced by the city, dearth of water and lack of shelter is proving to be the most unsettling issue to the people.
“People are afraid to sleep in their houses because of the fear that the roofs might collapse,” said Khan, adding that the heat during the day became unbearable.
“In Mashkhel, tents and food supplies haven’t even reached yet,” said Khan.
“A total of six districts — Awaran, Kech, Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar — and a population of over 300,000 have been affected by the earthquake,” said Jan Muhammad Buledi, spokesman for the Balochistan government.
The head of the provincial disaster management agency, Abdul Latif Kakar, said that 30 people had died in Kech district, a toll confirmed by a senior local official.
10 children were taken out alive from the rubble of a collapsed madrassa in the Awaran district of Balochistan while 15 children were found dead.
It was reported earlier that at least 33 bodies were found in Mashkay and 173 bodies were found in Awaran.
Abdul Rasheed Baloch, a senior official in Awaran said “around 90 percent of the houses in the district have been destroyed. Almost all the mud houses have collapsed.”
Some of the dead have already been laid to rest in their villages, he added.
Many people in the affected areas do not have access to food, drinking water or tents. This situation is worsened by the extremely hot climate and the closure or destruction of utility stores.