At least 25 people killed and more than 300 injured after magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits 22km north of Jhelum.
Tuesday’s quake hit 22km (14 miles) north of the city of Jhelum along the boundary separating the agricultural heartland of Punjab province and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the US geological agency, USGS, said.
Mirpur police chief Gul Faraz told that the damage was mainly limited to the area around Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, located about 85km (53 miles) southeast of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
“Our main road that goes along the canal was badly damaged and a bridge was destroyed. People are being brought in on motorcycles from there,” he said.
Most damage was in an area between Jhelum and Mirpur, said Afzal.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan expresses deep concern over the damage caused by the earthquake and directs all departments to provide immediate assistance,” the Pakistan government said in a tweet.
The country’s military spokesman said an “immediate rescue operation” was launched “in aid of civil administration”.
“Army troops with aviation and medical support teams dispatched,” military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted.
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Tremors were felt in the eastern city of Lahore, about 270km (170 miles) south, and as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi (more than 800km (500 miles) away.
In October 2015, a magnitude 7.5-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 magnitude-7.6 quake on October 8, 2005, that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
The Himalayan region is divided between India, which rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated region around Jammu city, Pakistan, which controls a wedge of territory in the west, and China, which holds a thinly populated high-altitude area in the north.
The territory has been in dispute between India and Pakistan since partition in 1947, and the cause of two wars between the countries.
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