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02 Nov 2008 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ Authorities on Sunday prepared to begin a survey in Pakistan's south-west to calculate damage from this week's earthquake that left thousands homeless ahead of a harsh winter.

The quake, registering 6.4 on the Richter scale, shook the northern and central parts of impoverished Balochistan province early Wednesday, killing at least 250 people and injuring hundreds.

The survey being launched Monday with the involvement of the military was expected to be completed within two weeks, said Brigadier Mubashir Wasim, in charge of relief operations in the …

30 Oct 2008 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ The official death toll from the devastating earthquake that hit south-western Pakistan a day ago climbed to more than 230 as the rescue workers searched for entombed survivors, officials said on Thursday.

Many of the around 20,000 people left homeless spent the freezing night in the open as a series of mild aftershocks struck the northern parts of Balochistan province that was rattled by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake just before dawn on Wednesday.

Various hospitals have received 149 bodies so far while 89 people were buried by the locals, Urdu-language Geo …

30 Oct 2008 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ Rescue workers on Thursday fanned out in south-western Pakistan, distributing relief supplies among thousands of earthquake survivors as the authorities said the death toll might climb to as much as 300.

Many isolated hamlets remained inaccessible as hungry, distraught women, children and elders waited for aid while spending a second freezing night in the open.

About 20,000 people were left homeless after their mud-brick houses were flattened by a magnitude-6.4 earthquake that hit Balochistan province just before dawn Wednesday, according to the World Health …

29 Oct 2008 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ A powerful earthquake rattled Pakistan's south-western Balochistan province on Wednesday, killing more than 170 people, injuring hundreds more and leaving thousands homeless, officials said.

The US Geological Survey website said a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 60 kilometres north-east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, at 5:10 am (2310 GMT). It lasted about 40 seconds.

With the earthquake hitting just before sunrise, people fled their houses in panic.

29 Oct 2008 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ Pakistan said Wednesday that it does not intend to seek international help following the deadly earthquake that hit country's south-west Balochistan province, killing dozens of people and leaving thousands homeless.

"According to initial information the situation is localized so far. We can deal with it," Farooq Ahmed Khan, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority told reporters in Islamabad.

"If someone wants to provide assistance, it would be most welcome.

29 Oct 2008 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ Severe aftershocks caused panic in Pakistan's south-west where a pre-dawn earthquake killed at least 160 people, media reports said Wednesday.

The strongest aftershock measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit the south-western Balochistan province at 5:32 pm (1132 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey.

The epicentre was the same as that of the morning quake, which had a magnitude of 6.4 - some 60 kilometres north-east of the provincial capital Quetta.

In towns in the area, terrified people ran towards open areas, stumbling upon each other and receiving …

29 Oct 2008 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ A powerful earthquake rattled Pakistan's south-western Balochistan province on Wednesday, killing more than 80 people and injuring scores of others, officials said.

The US Geological Survey on its website said a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 60 kilometres north-east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan at 5:10 am (2310 GMT).

People fled their houses in panic as the shocks hit Balochistan just before sunrise, while television footage showed terrified families wrapped in blankets sitting by the roadsides in Quetta.

Ziarat, located around 50 kilometres from …