Locals rush to streets as Pakistan earthquake jolts remote town

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Locals rushed to the streets as a magnitude 5.7 earthquake rocked the remote town of Harnai in mountainous Balochistan province on October 7.

Footage shows residents gathering on the streets after the quake struck early Thursday morning.

Authorities said at least 20 people, including children, were killed while at least 150 more were injured after the quake struck around 34 km from Ziarat at around 5 am local time.

Many residents in the underdeveloped Harnai district, said to have suffered the worst damage during the tremor, use mud and stone to build their homes, making them vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes.

Balochistan provincial minister Zia Langove said rescue operations are underway but have been delayed due to landslides blocking off roads.

He said: ‘There has been quite a lot of landslide, and teams are currently working to clear the roads to the area.’