ISLAMABAD: At least 56 people were killed and scores injured after a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake jolted the country Monday, Samaa reported.
Two people including women lost their lives each in Swat and Kalam, while four people were also killed in Bajaur agency following the earthquake.
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Many people sustained injuries in different quake-related incidents in Peshawar, Charsadda, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Multan, Kasur, Gujranwala and Hunza.
Over one hundred injured people have so far been brought to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, medics said.
A building in Peshawar caved in following the quake, trapping people inside the rubble. Reports of houses collapse were also received from different parts of the country.
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A wall of Ambala Muslim School in Sargodha also collapsed as a result of the earthquake.
The quake also shook buildings in other parts of the country prompting frightened people running into streets reciting Kalma-e-Tayyaba.
Mobile service in some parts of the country has been affected due to tremors.
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Tremors were felt in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Quetta, Peshawar, Swabi Kohat, Abbottabad, Swat, Malakand and other cities and towns of the country.
The quake was 196 km (120 miles) deep and centred 82 km (51 miles) southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. –Samaa/Reuters
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According to US Geological Survey, the powerful quake was also felt in India, UAE and Afghanistan.
According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), countywide aftershocks are likely in next 24 hours.