100+ individuals wounded in Mirpur city of Azad Kashmir after strong earthquake tremors rocked many cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, including Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore, on Tuesday afternoon.
The quake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale and was at a depth of around 10 kilometres. The epicentre of the quake was reportedly Mirpur city of AJK.
“There are reports of damages, that is all I know for now. I can confirm that there was one woman who died, and that there are several people who got injuries,” Mirpur District Deputy Commissioner Raja Qaisar told Reuters. Several cities of Punjab including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Taxila, Wah Cantt, Sialkot, Sargodha, Jhang, Khoshab, Raiwind, Attock, Gojar Khan, Gujrat and others areas were also affected.
In K-P, Peshawar, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Buner, Swat, Swabi, Dir, Chitral, Malakand, Shangla, Bajaur and parts of Azad Kashmir also felt tremors.
Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed an immediate rescue operation in affected areas in Azad Kashmir.
“COAS directs immediate rescue operation in aid of civil administration for victims of earthquake in AJK. Army troops with aviation and medical support teams dispatched,” DG ISPR tweet read.
Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, while the Press Trust of India reported that people rushed out of their homes and offices in panic in several places, including in Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. 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.
The country was also hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on October 8, 2005, that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.