At least 33 people were killed Tuesday when a magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck southwestern Pakistan, authorities said.
Most of the fatalities were in Awaran, the town nearest the epicenter of the quake, a member of the Baluchistan provincial government, Khairjan Baloch, told Dawn newspaper.
The death toll could rise as teams search through the rubble of collapsed buildings, National Disaster Management Authority spokesman Kamran Zia told Efe.
An army officer told Efe that 200 soldiers were deployed to the hardest-hit areas to aid in disaster relief.
The massive earthquake was felt throughout Baluchistan and in neighboring Sind province, which is home to Karachi, a city of 18 million people.
The initial temblor was followed by four aftershocks, including a magnitude-5.6 quake, PTV television said.
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake in April left 41 people dead in another part of Baluchistan, Pakistan's largest and poorest province. EFE