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20 Dead, 300 Injured After Earthquake M5.6 Hits Kashmir

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 rattled the Pakistan-administered areas in the Punjab province and Kashmir yesterday.
25 Sep 2019 09:50
20 Dead, 300 Injured After Earthquake M5.6 Hits Kashmir
Damage in Mirpur, Pakistan-administered Kashmir after a strong earthquake struck the region. Source: New Delhi

People rushed from their offices and homes in panic as walls shook, and heavy tremors were felt in eastern city of Lahore, Rajasthan, Punjab, and the Indian capital, New Delhi.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 rattled the Pakistan-administered areas in the Punjab province and Kashmir yesterday.

There have been at least 20 people killed and 300 who have been reported to be injured.

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck 22 km north of the city of Jhelum along the boundary separating the agricultural heartland of Punjab.

“Right now, we have confirmed the death of 20 people and about 300 people are injured,” Mirpur police chief Gul Faraz said.

“That number could increase because some people are still being brought to the hospitals.”

There are reports of cracks on the road and damage to the infrastructure as well.

The main road along the canal and the bridge in the city of Mirpur was vastly damaged.

The only way to bring the nationals across are on motorcycles.

The National Disaster Management Authority in a statement said that the electricity and water was cut off at districts in Mirpur and Kotli.

The earthquake hit 22 km north of the city of Jhelum. Source: Aamir Qureshi/AFP

The earthquake hit 22 km north of the city of Jhelum. Source: Aamir Qureshi/AFP

200 tents, 800 blankets and 110 rescuers have been conveyed to the scene.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake in October 2015 had hit Pakistan and Afghanistan killing almost 400 people and flattening buildings in rugged terrain.

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