A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Pakistan yesterday, near the Afghanistan border. The quake killed over 20 people and injured at least 300.
Four of the people who died were working in a coal mine when it collapsed. It was the early morning hours, and miners around the region had already begun work. The death toll will probably rise as rescuers search remote areas, home to several more coal mines. The military airlifted several injured to nearby Quetta.
Hundreds of people lost their shelter when their houses crumbled. The casualties include women and young children whose homes collapsed. Most houses in the region are fragile, made of sunbaked mud.
This region has a history of seismic activity. A powerful 1935 quake killed over 35,000 people and destroyed the provincial capital of Baluchistan.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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