Nine dead as powerful quake jolts parts of Pakistan

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, nine people were killed and forty-four others injured when a massive earthquake of 6.8 magnitude jolted various parts of the country last night.

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, nineteen houses were partially damaged due to the earthquake in the province.

The injured have been shifted by Rescue 1122 teams to hospitals after first aid.

The PDMA Director General Sherif Hussain said the authority is in close contact with district administrations and other line departments.

He said the control room of the authority is operational round the clock and people can contact on 1700 in case of emergency.

Provincial Disaster Management Authority said Karakorum Highway was also blocked due to land sliding.

Immediately after the earthquake, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif directed the National Disaster Management Authority and other relevant institutions to stay alert to deal with any untoward situation.

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