An earthquake of 6.8 magnitudes shook parts of Pakistan on Tuesday, killing nine people, including two women, and injuring over 44 others as well as causing many buildings to collapse, authorities said.
The deceased in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa include five men, two women and as many children, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority KP.
At least 44 people were injured in various accidents that took place as a result of the earthquake, stated the KP PDMA report. The report indicates that at least 19 houses across the province have been partially damaged.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Secretary Relief, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Department Abdul Basit and DG PDMA Sharif Hussain visited the Emergency Operation Centre. Rescue 1122 provided timely medical care to the injured and transported them to nearby hospitals, said the secretary relief.
The secretary also directed the district administration, Rescue and Civil Defence to remain alert for the relief and rescue operation. The secretary further said the PDMA is in constant touch with the district administrations and concerned institutions in all the districts.
The situation is being continuously monitored, he said, advising the citizens to report any untoward incident at helpines 1700 or 1122.
According to Islamabad police, no loss of life has been reported after the earthquake in the capital.
"Khudad Heights have been evacuated after cracks appeared in walls," the police said, adding the law personnel of the law enforcement agency and local government are present on the site.
"The district administration has been requested to inspect the building."
Other high-rise residential buildings in the federal capital were also evacuated following the tremors.
Earthquake tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, and other areas of the country.
The epicentre of the earthquake was Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region, while its depth was 180 kilometres, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).
The earthquake's effects were also felt in Peshawar, Swabi, Lodhran, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Skardu, Kohat, Toba Tek Singh, Parachinar, Nowshera, and Khanewal.
Meanwhile, authorities concerned in all affected cities are visiting the areas to inspect the affected buildings and facilitate the citizens.