Earthquake jolts Pakistan-occupied Kashmir ; 30 dead and over 370 injured

Thirty people died and over 300 were injured after an earthquake jolts Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The earthquake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale at Mirpur on Tuesday at 4:32 pm. According to the United States Geological Survey report, the epicentre of the earthquake was 140 kilometres from Srinagar at the depth of 10 kilometres.

According to co-ordinates released by the US agency, the epicentre of the earthquake was observed near the New Mirpur city in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Mirpur city has suffered a severe damage, the roads have been cracked and cut into half, the buildings have collapsed, whereas the roofs and walls of houses have also been destroyed.

The earthquake has also jolted several cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province. Other cities where the shakes were felt included Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Sargodha, Mansehra, Gujrat, Chitral, Malakand, Swat, Sahiwal, and Rahim Yar Khan.

“Eleven deaths have been reported in Jatlan and nine in Mirpur alone. Other people died in the areas located between Mirpur and Jari Kas”, said Shahid Mohyiddin PoK’s State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) Secretary.

“The trucks loaded with relief items, including 200 tents, 800 blankets, 200 kitchen sets, and 100 medical kits would reach the people affected by the earthquake soon. The NDMA is already providing medicines, food items and tents, which were in its stock in the affected areas, to the victims,” said Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman.

Soon after the tremors of the earthquake the social media got flooded with the images and tweets. State- run PTV tweeted “Pakistan Army aviation helicopters have completed aerial survey for damage assessment in Mirpur, Jarikas and Jatlan areas. Army teams have reached earthquake-hit areas of Mirpur, Jatlan and Jarikas. Rescue efforts initiated”.

Sunidhi Bhatti

Sunidhi Bhatti is a Post graduate in Mass Communications and Electronic Media. She is a young enthusiast who loves to write on political affairs and always satisfied with her work. Besides a content writer, she is a vocalist also.

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