The death toll rose to 37 while more than 500 reported injured after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday. Children are among the dead, reports says.
The earthquake hit multiple cities including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Murree, Jhelum, Charsadda, Swat, Khyber Agency, Abbottabad, Bajaur, Nowshera, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar, and Kohistan.
The cities’ infrastructure was damaged and vehicles parked on the roads fell into the pits created by the quake. The tremors hit at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres with the epicentre lying 1km southeast of New Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Multiple roads in Mirpur and Jhelum cracked open due to the severity of the earthquake.
Near Mirpur, roads were completely damaged and vehicles overturned by the tremors while bridges, mobile phone towers, and electricity poles were also badly damaged in the melee. The NDMA director said that he has received reports that a few houses in the Mirpur district have collapsed. He advised people in mountainous areas to leave their homes because there are chances of landsliding and aftershocks.
Deputy Commissioner Azad Jammu Kashmir on Tuesday said that emergency has been imposed in the hospitals.
According to DG ISPR, the army chief directed army personnel to completely cooperate with the civil administration of AJK. The DG ISPR said that Pakistan army’s aviation and medical teams have been dispatched to AJK and other earthquake-hit areas.
The Right Reverend Arslan Ul-Haq, Moderator Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan appealed to the national and international community of faith to pray for Pakistan and all the affected ones.