Death toll rises to 37, more than 500 injured in Pakistan quake

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MIRPUR: As much as 37 people have been reported dead, with more than 500 injured, after an earthquake vigorously jolted Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

The 5.8 magnitude quake caused havoc in the Kashmir city of Mirpur, completely destroying roads and overturning the vehicles.

Bridges, mobile phone towers and electricity poles received damages during the disaster. Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana.

Panic also gripped areas in Lahore and the federal capital as people evacuated residential and office buildings and ran for the streets.

Tremors were also felt in Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Charsadda, Swat, Khyber, Abbottabad, Bajaur, Nowshera, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar, and Kohistan.

According to Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), the Mangla Dam had reportedly lost 900 megawatts’ worth of power amid the disaster. They were shut down earlier due to an earthquake-related safety scare, sources added.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed army troops to participate in rescue activities due to the earthquake in AJK and other affected areas.

DG ISPR said that the Pakistan army’s aviation and medical teams have been dispatched to AJK and other earthquake-hit areas.

On Wednesday, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited quake-hit areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and assured that normalcy will be restored with rendering full assistance to civil administration.

The army chief also inspected the repair work on Jatlan Canal Road which was badly damaged after the powerful earthquake.