ISLAMABAD: The death toll rose to 19 while more than 300 were reported to be injured after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday.
Speaking to Geo News, Deputy Commissioner AJK Raja Qaiser confirmed the death of 19 with more than 300 injured following the quake.
According to Geo News, tremors were felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Murree, Jhelum, Charsadda, Swat, Khyber Agency, Abbottabad, Bajaur, Nowshera, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar and Kohistan.
AJK Deputy Commissioner said that emergency has been imposed in the hospitals.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) have also been issued orders by him to execute rescue operations and collect information on the destruction caused by the quake.
The situation is not the same as it was in 2005, he revealed further adding that rescue teams have also reached the affected areas.
Citing sources, the TV channel reported that the earthquake sent people of affected areas rushing to the streets.
Geo News reported that the quake struck at the shallow depth of 10 kilometres with the epicentre lying 1km south-east of New Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Reports revealed that the earthquake has led to several houses and buildings in Mirpur getting damaged with multiple cars also falling into deep cracks on the streets that emerged after the jolts.
The NDMA, in a notification released, said that aftershocks are also expected in the earthquake-hit areas within the next 24 hours.
The spokesperson issued a word of caution saying defensive actions should be taken to ensure the impact remains minimum.