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Toll Climbs to 30, over 370 injured in earthquake in Pakistan

The death toll from the devastating earthquake that spanned Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several towns in the nation climbed to 30 on Wednesday as the government stepped up relief efforts.

The epicenter of this highly effective 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which happened at around 4 pm Tuesday at a thickness of only 10 km, was close to Mirpur town in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), approximately 20 km north of Jhelum at Punjab, according to the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake resisted the haunting memories of a monster tremor that had destroyed the area 14 decades back.

The earthquake — that also jolted many cities of Punjab and also Khyber-Pakthunkhwa state — left 30 people dead and over 370 injured, the crisis management officials were quoted as saying from the Express Tribune.

Eleven deaths are reported in Jalan and nine in Mirpur alone. Other folks died in the regions situated between Mirpur and Jari Kas, PoK’s State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) Secretary Shahid Muhyiddin said.

The number of casualties was anticipated to raise as approximately 100 of those wounded were admitted to various hospitals in a vital state, the report quoted the SDMA recorded as stating.

The areas worst hit were Mirpur town, a little city Jalan and two cities Manda and Afzalpur, where buildings and houses collapsed trees had been uprooted and cracks appeared on streets big enough to absorb automobiles.

The quake was strong and generated panic as people ran from constructing, eyewitnesses said.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal stated in a briefing in Islamabad that trucks loaded with relief items, such as 200 tents, 800 blankets, 200 kitchen places, along with 100 medical kits could reach the people impacted by the earthquake shortly.

“The NDMA is currently supplying medications, food items and bags, which have been in its inventory in the affected regions, to the sufferers,” he added.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has led the armed forces to start pressing relief and rescue efforts in the quake-hit locations, based on Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army’s media wing.

“Army troops have attained earthquake-hit regions of Mirpur, Jalan, and Jarikas.

Chaudhry Mohammad Saeed, PoK’s Minister for Sports, Youth and Culture, told Dawn that a state of emergency was declared in all private and public hospitals of town.

A breach at the Upper Jhelum Canal due to the earthquake inundated Lots of cities across the Jatlan Road, approximately 140 km south of Islamabad. The earthquake ruined two pedestrian bridges across the canal, which makes it hard for the natives to cross, the report stated.

Back in October 2015, a 7.5-magnitude quake in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed nearly 400 people, flattening buildings in rocky terrain which impedes relief efforts.