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Strong Earthquake In Southwest Pakistan Kills At Least 23

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Members of a family take belongings following an earthquake in Harnai, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. The powerful earthquake collapsed at least one coal mine and dozens of mud houses in southwest Pakistan early Thursday. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

(AP) — A powerful earthquake has collapsed at least one coal mine and as many as 100 mud houses in a remote, mountainous part of southwest Pakistan.

The quake early Thursday killed at least 23 people as the death toll crept higher. At least another 200 people were injured. A local official says the death toll is expected to rise further. At least four of the dead were working in a coal mine when it collapsed.

The 5.9 magnitude quake was in a remote part of Baluchistan province where most residents live in sunbaked mud houses. Television images showed people wrapped in blankets outdoors in the chilly morning air waiting for the aftershocks to subside and for help to arrive.

 

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