A powerful earthquake jolted several parts of Pakistan on Tuesday, particularly areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to the Home Department report, 30 people died, while more than 450 were wounded in Mirpur divison. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers with its epicenter lying 1km southeast of Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Tremors were also felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Charsadda, Swat, Khyber, Abbottabad, Bajaur, Nowshera, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar and Kohistan.
Deputy Commissioner AJK Raja Qaiser said that emergency has been imposed in hospitals. He further said that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) have been directed to carry out rescue operations and gather data on the damage done. Army Chief orders troops to participate in rescue activities
According to DG ISPR, the army chief directed army personnel to completely cooperate with the civil administration of AJK.
According to NDMA notification released in wake of the calamity, aftershocks can be expected within the next 24 hours in the earthquake-hit areas.
The NDMA statement said that all the protective measures should be taken to lessen the impact.