Wednesday, September 25, 2019

At least 25 killed, over 459 injured in Kashmir earthquakes

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted different parts of the country at 4:01pm on Tuesday (September 24), killing at least 25 people and injuring 459, the NDMA confirmed.
The Mirpur DIG had earlier confirmed that the death toll stood at 19 and injuries at 300.
Tremors were felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot, Charsadda, Gujrat, Malakand for 10 seconds as people ran out on to the roads from their houses and offices.
Dozens of houses and shops were destroyed in Mirpur.
According to the Met office, the epicentre of the earthquake was 5km north of Jhelum at Kala Gujran, with a depth of 10km.
COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed the army to launch a rescue operation in the valley, ISPR chief Major General Asif Ghafoor said. Soldiers with the aviation and medical support teams have been dispatched, he added.
NDMA Director Colonel (retd) Alauddin told SAMAA TV that his department is in contact with the state disaster management authority in Kashmir. “We are working with the Pakistan Army and soldiers are being dispatched to the affected areas,” he said, adding that he has sent damage assessment teams to Azad Kashmir. The NDMA director said that he has received reports that a few houses in the Mirpur district have collapsed.
He advised people in mountainous areas to leave their homes because there are chances of landsliding and aftershocks.
According to the Met Department, an aftershock measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale was felt just 6km north of Jhelum at 4:49pm.
Sajid Dilawar, the manager of the Kashmir Relief Trust, told SAMAA TV that at least five bodies were taken to the Mirpur hospital from Jatlan.
He said that a university student, a resident of Peshawar, jumped off the building after he felt the tremors and died instantly.
Railway tracks affected
Pakistan Railways has directed drivers to maintain extremely slow pace of trains on the railway track heading north as it is likely to be affected by the earthquake.
According to railways authorities, the track from Lahore to Rawalpindi might have been affected by the powerful quake.
Chances of aftershocks: NDMA
The NDMA says that aftershocks can be expected in the next 24 hours in earthquake-hit areas across Pakistan.
It gave this warning in a notification issued shortly after the earthquake rocked parts of northern Pakistan.
The authority advised people to take precautionary measures “to avoid any loss of life or damage to public as well as private property”.
Mangla Dam power transmission suspended
The Water and Power Development Authority suspended transmission of power from Mangla Dam, its spokesperson said after the earthquake.
The dam provides 1,120 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, the spokesperson said.
He said the turbines at the dam were shut down as a precautionary measure, adding they will resume working after the Mangla Lake’s water is cleaned.
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