125 killed, 1,000 injured as 8.1-magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — At least 125 people were killed and over 1,000 others injured when an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale hit Pakistan on Monday, local media and MET office said.

Channel 92 reported that the country’s northwestern tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were the worst-hit, being closest to the epicenter, where many buildings collapsed in cities and mud houses were leveled to ground in villages.

Talking to Xinhua via phone, Reema Zuberi, the spokesperson of the National Disaster Management Authority, said there is no officials figure about the casualties yet as they are compiling the data.

Representative of the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pervez Khattak said that over 500 injured people have been shifted to various hospitals in the province from the KPK and neighboring tribal areas.

He said Malakand and Hazara divisions are the most affected areas where hundreds of houses collapsed and infrastructure was also destroyed. PNA/Xinhua