A relative comforts the mom of a two and half year-old Mohammad Bilal Sajid, who was killed in an earthquake, throughout his funeral in Jatlan, Mirpur, Pakistan September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
MUZAFFARABAD/JATLAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Not less than 24 individuals had been killed and 450 injured in an earthquake that hit Pakistani Kashmir, native officers mentioned on Wednesday, however they added that rescue work was in full swing and panic was subsiding.
Tuesday’s earthquake leveled houses and outlets and cut up open roads in an space between the cities of Jhelum and Mirpur to the north, which is in Pakistan’s portion of the disputed territory of Kashmir.
“The scenario is slowly returning to regular, the extent of panic is now much less among the many individuals, though an aftershock was felt at night time,” mentioned Sardar Gulfaraz Khan, a police deputy inspector basic.
Many of the harm occurred in villages the place previous homes collapsed, Khan mentioned.
Many individuals from the realm slept outside in a single day and a few had been returning dwelling on Wednesday morning to gather belongings and examine harm, in line with a Reuters witness.
Troops and different emergency responders carried out rescue operations by the night time, with engineers beginning restore work on a key roadway that was severely broken, the Pakistan Military’s communications arm mentioned. Three bridges had been broken.
The navy had earlier estimated that 22 individuals had been lifeless and 160 injured after the earthquake.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a tweet, provided condolences to households of the victims and mentioned he had directed the federal government to shortly supply aid efforts and assess harm.
Kashmir has been in dispute between India and Pakistan for the reason that two international locations had been carved out of British colonial India in 1947, and has been the reason for two wars between them.
Reporting by Abu Arqam Naqash in Muzaffarabad and Akhtar Soomro in Jatlan; Extra reporting by Asif Shahzad in Islamabad; Writing by Rod Nickel in Islamabad; Enhancing by Raju Gopalakrishnan