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Aftershocks of earthquake continue in AJK, Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) warned the people in Azad Kashmir and other parts of the country to stay alert as aftershocks continue in the earthquake affected areas.

The series of aftershocks in different parts of AJ&K and Punjab triggered fear among the people.

According to NDMA, the tremor struck Mirpur (Azad Kashmir), Jhelum, Sargodha, Rawalakot, Narowal, Sangla Hill, Dina, Sheikhupura and other parts.

According to sources in NDMA and other individuals at the helm of affairs, the death toll from Tuesday (24th September, 2019) earthquake that struck the north of Pakistan, rose to 39.

NDMA Chairman Lt. General Mohammad Afzal had earlier confirmed that 34 people lost their lives due to yesterday’s earthquake (24 in Mirpur, 9 in Jatlan and 1 in Jhelum).

It has further been learnt that over 500 people got injured (160 gravely) who are being treated at different medical facilities.

Lt. General Mohammad Afzal informed that foreign diplomatic missions and Pakistani philanthropists had contacted NDMA for any support needed. He said that they were told that no outside aid was required.

Twelve people died on way to Mirpur’s Divisional Headquarters Hospital while others expired when tremors struck villages between Jatlan and Khari Sharif. 150 wounded are being treated at the DHQ Hospital, five were shifted to CMH Mangla and five more were shifted to CMH Rawalpindi. Other injured were allowed to go back home after necessary treatment.

NDMA will provide 1,000 family food aid packages (containing edibles sufficient for a month for an average-sized family) late this afternoon. Tents  will also be provided to families whose damaged houses are not fit to live.

Out of 136 houses that were damaged due to tremors half had been declared unusable. It is pertinent to mention here that closure of mobile phone service as well as electric supply further added to the agony of the populace, particularly when family members were not able to contact each others.

Repair work on damaged roads is in progress and by Thursday (26th of September) those would be declared treadable.

News Pakistan

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.