The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Azad Jammu and Kashmir rose to 37, with more than 500 injured. The epicentre of the 5.8-magnitude quake was near the Kashmiri city of Mirpur, roughly 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Jhelum in agricultural Punjab province, according to the US Geological Survey.
Tremors were also felt in Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Charsadda, Swat, Khyber, Abbottabad, Bajaur, Nowshera, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar and Kohistan. Jatlaan, a small town located 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) from Mirpur city, is the worst-hit, where tremors tore apart a large portion of main highway and cracked various other roads.
Scores of houses, schools, mosques and other infrastructure were fully or partially damaged, a spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The powerful earthquake also pulled utility poles in and around Mirpur district, apart from triggering landslides in several hilly places. Power Ministry personnel were trying to restore electricity knocked out by tremors in several areas.
The city felt aftershocks measured 3.2 at the Richter scale on Wednesday causing fear among already-panicked citizens, the broadcaster said quoting officials of National Seismic Monitoring Center Islamabad.
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