At least one person was killed and nearly 70 others were injured after a moderate earthquake rattled several towns in southern Pakistan early Friday.
According to government officials, the magnitude 5 quake struck the district of Nawabshah around 4:00 am local time, causing panic as many were still sleeping.
The epicenter of the quake was 27 kilometers (15 miles) north of Nawabshah, according to Pakistani meteorologist Tausif Ahmad.
In the meantime, the U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and struck some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) north of Nawabshah.
A doctor at a main government hospital Mohammad Hashim said dozens of people with head injuries and broken bones were brought to their hospital.
He said the death toll could rise as at least five of people who were brought to the hospital were in critical health condition.
A top official at the province’s rehabilitation and disaster management department, Roshan Ali Sheikh said at least 25 mud-brick homes collapsed in the quake-hit district and authorities were still assessing the damage.