At least 25 people have been killed and over 450 injured in an earthquake that struck Pakistani Kashmir on Tuesday, reported Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Reuters reports that the earthquake leveled homes and shops and tore open roads in areas between the towns of Jhelum and Mirpur to the north part of which is in Pakistan’s portion of the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Rescue operations occurred throughout the night, with engineers starting repairs on a key roadway that was severely damaged.
Sardar Gulfaraz Khan, police deputy inspector general, reported that;
“The situation is slowly returning to normal, the level of panic is now less among the people, although an aftershock was felt at night,”
He stated that most of the damage happened in villages where old houses collapsed.
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