The UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon has expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives‚ and the damage to thousands of homes caused by the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck parts of Balochistan.

The Secretary-General extended his sincere condolences to the people and Government of Pakistan‚ particularly the families of those who have been killed or otherwise affected in this disaster.

He said the United Nations stands ready to lend assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs resulting from the earthquake and to mobilise any international support needed.

Chairman‚ National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)‚ Saeed Aleem has said helicopters have also been pressed into service to ensure help to the victims on time. He said an army hospital has been set up in Awaran to provide medical assistance to the injured people.

The NDMA Chairman said the relief goods including tents‚ food items‚ medicine and drinking water are being distributed among the people affected by the quake.

Meanwhile‚ briefing newsmen in Quetta a Balochistan government spokesman Jan Mohammad Bulaidi said disruption of the communications system in the scattered populated and remote areas is hampering the rescue operation launched by the federal and provincial governments in collaboration with Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps.

He appealed to the federal government to allow international humanitarian organizations to initiate rescue and relief efforts on their own.

He said more than sixty doctors are providing medical aid to the injured people in Awaran and Kech districts.

Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Hafiz Abdul Basit said that sixty-two trucks carrying two thousand six hundred ninety tents‚ five thousand three hundred blankets‚ two thousand nine twelve food packets and three thousand nine hundred water bottles and other essential items have been dispatched to the quake-hit districts.

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