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    ISLAMABAD ECCO Jeremy Hybrid Tie Black Moonless UK , Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistani government and army has kicked off a rescue and relief operation in the areas where an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale played havoc, reportedly killing over 220 people and injuring 1,200 others on Monday, officials said.

    Pervez Rasheed, the information minister of the country, said that the rescue operation in the affected areas has been started and the government is developing a plan of action to help out the victims.

    The information minister did not give any casualty figure ECCO Jeremy Hybrid Tie Espresso UK , but said that the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province was the worst hit in the earthquake.

    He said that the death toll is feared to rise as the remote areas could not be accessed yet due to the disruption of the road traffic because of the land sliding and suspension of the telecommunication services.

    He said that the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is visiting London, has shortened his trip and will be arriving back the country tomorrow for monitoring the rescue and relief operation.

    On the directions of the prime minister, a crisis cell has been formed to coordinate with all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies for damage assessment and rescue and relief efforts ECCO Ian Tie Coffee UK , he said.

    The National Disaster Management Authority said that they are recording the losses incurred as the result of the quake and have dispatched a total of 2,000 tents to the affected areas.

    In a tweet, Major General Asim Bajwa, the Director General of Pakistani army's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said that the military's medical teams have reached the destruction sites for the operation.

    He said that ration and tents are also being provided to the people on the directives of the army chief