PESHAWAR: A strong earthquake of 6.4 magnitude jolted northern parts of Pakistan on Friday evening.

There were no reports available about any losses immediately. The earthquake struck the Hindu Kush region at around 16:40pm (PST) and it jolted Peshawar, Battagram, Charsadda, Mardan, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore and many other areas of Pakistan. The impact was felt more in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as its epicentre was in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan at a depth of 210 kilometres, which is 254 kilometres north-east of Kabul, Afghanistan and 64 kilometres south of Fayzabad, Afghanistan.

People came out of their houses in panic with the strong earthquake.

Two die in Swat accident

Two persons lost their lives and 12 others sustained injuries when a passenger coach fell into a deep ravine on Swat Expressway near Palai on Friday.

Sources said the accident happened due to over-speeding. Malakand district administration said the passenger coach was on its way to Rawalpindi from Timergara when it met the accident. The injured persons were shifted to Civil Hospital Batkhela.

Most road accidents happen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to poor condition of roads and reckless driving by untrained drivers.

Irrigation schemes announced in Khyber district

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Irrigation Minister Liaquat Khattak has announced new development schemes for Khyber tribal district and said Rs41 billion have been allowed for different schemes under the quick implementation programme.

The minister made this announcement during his visit to Khyber tribal district on Thursday. Member National Assembly Iqbal Afridi, Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Shafiq Afridi, Secretary Irrigation Daud Khan, Chief Engineer Sahibzada Shabbir, Director General Small Dams Mujahid Saeed, Director Irrigation for merged districts Javed Iqbal and other officials were present on the occasion.

The irrigation minister was informed by Iqbal Afridi and Shafiq Afridi about problems faced by the local people during irrigating their fields. They requested the minister to resolve irrigation-related problems in the area on priority basis.

Liaquat Khattak announced initiation of irrigation schemes in Khyber tribal district. He said Bara Dam will be completed with a cost of Rs30 billion, Jabba Dam will cost Rs10 billion and Bara River Canal will cost Rs1 billion. He said completion of these schemes will resolve irrigation-related problems.