Four dead, scores injured as Taiwan hit by strongest earthquake in 25 years

08:42 AM | 3 Apr, 2024
Four dead, scores injured as Taiwan hit by strongest earthquake in 25 years
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Taiwan has been hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that destroyed buildings. It was reportedly the strongest in the region in around 2.5 decades.

Four people died due to strong seismic activity near Taiwan's east coast, while hundreds suffered injuries. Rescue efforts are underway, as the shock waves were felt across Taiwan, causing landslides in the hilly region and prompting tsunami warnings.

The quake also disrupted power supply in most regions, while there are reports of internet outages and damage in Taipei and other areas.

Taiwan Earthquake

Authorities warned of aftershocks, whereas Japan and the Philippines also issued tsunami warnings. The earthquake was also felt in adjoining regions including China's Fujian province.

The East Asian nation saw huge numbers of buildings collapsed in Hualien County, leaving people trapped.

Meanwhile, armed forces personnel were deployed for disaster relief, and schools and workplaces suspended operations mid-week.

Taiwan's President directed immediate action to understand the impact and provide assistance.

The recent seismic activity is said strongest since 90s. Flights were suspended, but the tsunami threat has largely passed.

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Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 20 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 20, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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