Pakistan quake kills more than 100

More than a hundred people have been killed after a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 hit south-western Pakistan, officials say.

The earthquake caused buildings to collapse and prompted widespread panic in Baluchistan province early on Wednesday.

Local mayor Dilawar Kakar says 135 deaths have been confirmed in Baluchistan and that the number will likely go up as rescuers reach remote villages.

In the immediate aftermath, people in Quetta are said to have left their homes and spilled into the streets.

There was widespread terror after the quake hit just before the Muslim prayer call at dawn.

Reports say the provincial government has asked for help from the army and that the military has sent troops and helicopters to the area. Food, shelter and medical supplies are now being given to survivors.

The region’s worst earthquake was in October 2005 when about 75,000 people were killed, most of them in mountainous northern Pakistan, in a 7.6 magnitude quake.