At least 20 dead in an earthquake in Pakistan

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At least 20 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded after an earthquake strikes Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan.

According to United States Geological Survey data, the 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck as most residents of the Harnai district, about 100 kilometers east of the provincial capital Quetta, were asleep at just past 3am local time today.

The tremor took place at a depth of about 20 kilometres and the provincial disaster management authority said at least 200 people were injured.

The authority said a survey of the damage to the houses and other buildings in Harnai was ongoing.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he has ordered immediate assistance on an emergency basis to residents of the area following the earthquake.