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Pakistan army puts quake death toll at 123

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 26, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Posted: Oct 26, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Pakistan army puts quake death toll at 123

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers observe the damaged wall of a fort used by security forces after an earthquake in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. At least 17 people including eight children were killed in Pakistan when a 7.5 magnitude quake struck in Afghanistan October 26, officials said. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army says that at least 123 people have died from a powerful earthquake which has rattled many parts of Pakistan today (Monday).

In a press statement on social media, DG ISPR Let-Gen Asim Bajwa said that Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif flew to some affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to assess the rescue operation.

“The army chief has landed at Corps Headquaters in Peshawar. Corps Commander has briefed him on damage assessment,” Bajwa said.

He said that so far 123 have died and 956 others are wounded while Malakand is the worst hit division with 74 victims.

The DG ISPR further said Quick Rapid Forces (QRFs) have spread out in respective areas.

“QRFs are busy in rescue work mainly in Malakand, Dir, Chitral and Bajaur while continuous damage assessment is under way,” he added.  – SAMAA

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