- ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - At
least 10 people were killed and dozens hurt by earthquakes in a remote
mountainous region of northern Pakistan at the weekend, the government
said on Sunday.
- Information Minister Nisar Memon told reporters the army
was assisting relief efforts for 1,500 people displaced by the tremors
in the Diamer district, south of the mountain town of Gilgit, close to
the border with China.
- Memon said at least 10 deaths had been confirmed while
30 people were injured. He said food and 500 tents had been sent to the
- On Saturday, state-run media said an earthquake measuring
5.6 on the Richter scale jolted the region and landslides caused by aftershocks
killed at least one person.
- Chaudhry Mahmood Arif, an official at Pakistan's Seismic
Centre in Peshawar, said another quake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale
was recorded early on Sunday, with its epicentre near Gilgit.
- The Associated Press of Pakistan (AIP) said four villages
had been badly hit and those hurt were in critical condition.
- The agency said the area had suffered earthquakes and
aftershocks for three days in a row.
- It said the quake had damaged a three-km (two-mile) stretch
of the Karakoram Highway leading through the mountains to China.
- Copyright © 2002 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly
prohibited without the written consent of Reuters Limited