Death toll mounts in Pakistan earthquake but panic subsides

Reuters 1 month ago

MUZAFFARABAD/JATLAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 24 people were killed and 450 injured in an earthquake that hit Pakistani Kashmir, local officials said on Wednesday, but they added that rescue work was in full swing and panic was subsiding.

Tuesday’s earthquake leveled homes and shops and split open roads in an area between the towns of Jhelum and Mirpur to the north, which is in Pakistan’s portion of the disputed territory of Kashmir.

“The situation is slowly returning to normal, the level of panic is now less among the people, although an aftershock was felt at night,” said Sardar Gulfaraz Khan, a police deputy inspector general.

Most of the damage happened in villages where old houses collapsed, Khan said.

Many people from the area slept outdoors overnight and some were returning home on Wednesday morning to collect belongings and inspect damage, according to a Reuters witness.

Troops and other emergency responders carried out rescue operations through the night, with engineers starting repair work on a key roadway that was severely damaged, the Pakistan Army’s communications arm said. Three bridges were damaged.

The military had earlier estimated that 22 people were dead and 160 injured after the earthquake.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a tweet, offered condolences to families of the victims and said he had directed the government to quickly offer relief efforts and assess damage.

Kashmir has been in dispute between India and Pakistan since the two countries were carved out of British colonial India in 1947, and has been the cause of two wars between them.

Source link
Read also:
Reuters › 1 month ago
The death toll from an earthquake in Pakistan on Tuesday has risen to 37, the Mirpur divisional commissioner, Muhammad Tayyab, said on Wednesday.
The Guardian › 1 month ago
A shallow earthquake near Mirpur has struck northeastern Pakistan, tearing huge cracks in roadsAt least 19 people have been killed and 300 injured after a shallow earthquake struck northeastern Pakistan, tearing car-sized cracks into roads and heavily...
Business Insider › 1 month ago
A 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit Colma, which is south of San Francisco, on Saturday morning. The earthquake had a depth of 4.7 miles, and there have been no reports of damage from the earthquake so far. According to experts, California has not...
ABC News › Lifestyle › 1 month ago
A powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake has struck Pakistan's capital Islamabad and other cities in the eastern Punjab province, scaring many people who rushed out of multistory buildings and homes
ABC News › 1 month ago
Indonesian authorities say the death toll from a strong earthquake in the country's east has climbed 23 people
Reuters › 1 month ago
The death toll from a strong earthquake in Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku has risen to 30 people, the national disaster mitigation agency (BNBP) said on Sunday, and hundreds of thousands of people remain in evacuation shelters.
Sputnik International › 0 month ago
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of people killed by an earthquake in the Philippines’ southern Cotabato province reached five people, media reported, citing local officials, on Thursday.
UPI › 0 month ago
The death toll climbed to five Thursday after a strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Philippines, damaging buildings and threatening landslides, officials.
The New York Times › 0 month ago
At least three people were killed and dozens injured when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southern Philippines late on Wednesday, authorities said on Thursday.
The Sun › Technology › 1 week ago
PLANTS go into a state of all-consuming ‘panic’ when it rains, according to surprised scientists. This response is so unusual because plants obviously need water to live. The researchers think that the ‘panic’ response is due to the fact...
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google