Toll rises to 30, over 370 wounded in PoK after earthquake of 5.8-magnitude jolts north-eastern Pakistan

In October, 2015, a 7.5-magnitude quake in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed almost 400 people, flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts. Pakistan was also hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on 8 October, 2005, that killed nearly 90,000 people in PoK and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Press Trust of India September 25, 2019 17:18:55 IST
Toll rises to 30, over 370 wounded in PoK after earthquake of 5.8-magnitude jolts north-eastern Pakistan
  • The epicenter of the powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at around 4 pm on Tuesday at a depth of only 10 kilometers, was near Mirpur city in the PoK

  • The earthquake resurrected the haunting memories of a monster tremor that had wrecked the region 14 years ago

  • Other people died in the areas located between Mirpur and Jari Kas, PoK's State Disaster Management Authority Secretary Shahid Mohyiddin said

Islamabad: The toll in the devastating earthquake that rattled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and several cities in the country rose to 30 on Wednesday as authorities stepped up relief efforts.

The epicenter of the powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at around 4 pm on Tuesday at a depth of only 10 kilometers, was near Mirpur city in the PoK, roughly 20 kilometers north of Jhelum in Punjab, according to the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake resurrected the haunting memories of a monster tremor that had wrecked the region 14 years ago.

The earth tremor – which also jolted several cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province – left at least 30 people dead and over 370 wounded, the disaster management officials were quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.

Toll rises to 30 over 370 wounded in PoK after earthquake of 58magnitude jolts northeastern Pakistan

The toll had risen to 30 after 5.8 magnitude earthquake jolted PoK on Tuesday evening.

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

The number of casualties was likely to increase as around 100 of the injured were admitted to different hospitals in a critical condition, the report quoted the SDMA official as saying.

The areas worst hit were Mirpur city, a small town Jatlan and two villages Manda and Afzalpur, where buildings and homes collapsed, trees were uprooted and cracks appeared on roads large enough to swallow cars.

Other cities where the tremors were felt included Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Sargodha, Mansehra, Gujrat, Chitral, Malakand, Swat, Sahiwal, and Rahim Yar Khan.
"The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of building," eyewitnesses said.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said at a briefing in Islamabad that 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," he added.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed the armed forces to begin urgent rescue and relief efforts in the quake-hit areas, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military's media wing.

"Army troops have reached earthquake-hit areas of Mirpur, Jatlan, and Jarikas. Relief and rescue efforts are under way," it said in a statement on Tuesday.
Chaudhry Mohammad Saeed, PoK's Minister for Sports, Youth and Culture, told Dawn that a state of emergency had been declared in all public and private hospitals of the town.

A breach in the Upper Jhelum Canal caused by the earthquake inundated a number of villages along the Jatlan Road, around 140 kilometers south of Islamabad. The earthquake also damaged two pedestrian bridges over the canal, making it difficult for the locals to cross over, the report said.

In October, 2015, a 7.5-magnitude quake in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed almost 400 people, flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts. Pakistan was also hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on 8 October, 2005, that killed nearly 90,000 people in PoK and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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