According to the authorities, at least 20 people were killed and around 300 others injured in an earthquake in southwest Pakistan.
The quake shook the province of Baluchistan on the border with Iran in the early morning hours of Thursday, as the local interior ministry announced. It reached a magnitude of 5.9 and surprised many people while they were sleeping. The USGS based earthquake monitoring station put the magnitude of the quake at 5.7.
According to the civil protection, numerous people were buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings. The exact extent of the damage and the exact number of victims are still unclear, said a spokesman for the authorities.
Civilian rescue workers and the military have been dispatched to the particularly hard hit Harnai district. The rescue and recovery work was made more difficult by power outages in large parts of Baluchistan.