PESHAWAR, 26 October: At least 200 people were killed and more than 1000 injured in building collapses after a strong earthquake struck Pakistan at 2:09 pm on Monday.
The death toll could climb as the communications are down in most of the badly affected mountainous region of country.
The quake had a magnitude of 7.7, the US Geological survey reported, and was centred in a mountainous region 45km (28 miles) south-west of Jarm. Tremors were also felt in Afghanistan and India. The Pakistan Meteorological Department said the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.1.
Commissioner Malakand Division Usman confirmed that 137 people were killed in Swat, Upper and Lower Dir , Chitral, Shangla and Buner areas.
The spokesperson for FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) Adil Zahoor said that 31 people were killed including 26 in Bajaur and 4 in Mohmaand Agency. Over 1000 people have been reported injured from across KP and FATA.
In addition, hundreds of houses and other buildings have either been destroyed or damaged in the earthquake.
According to TNN reporters 600 houses have been destroyed in the earthquake in Bajaur Agency.
The historical Qila Balahisar fort in Peshawar was also partially damaged in the earthquake.
People in Peshawar and rest of the country evacuated residential and commercial buildings after earthquake.
KP government has imposed emergency in all public sector hospitals in the province.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif made a telephonic call to Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and offered full support to the KP government in rescue operation. PM Nawaz directed to send 2,000 tents to earthquake affected areas.
For carrying out relief efforts, the federal government provided an MI-17 helicopter to KP government.
A nine-bed mobile hospital with team of surgeons will be dispatched to Dir immediately, said a statement issued by PM House.
A press said that On the directions of the PM a crisis cell has also been formed to coordinate with all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies for damage assessment and rescue and relief efforts. The cell will work round the clock.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif arrived in Peshawar to personally supervise rescue and relief efforts. According to Inter-Services Public Relations, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has directed army personnel to reach out where required to help affected people without waiting for orders.
Meanwhile Governor KP Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan announced Rs 50000 for each dead and Rs 1000 for each injured.
–Compiled from media reports