After a strong earthquake in Pakistan, the death toll has risen to at least 32. Thirty people were killed in the northeastern district of Mirpur in the Kashmir region, two in the eastern province of Punjab, local authorities said Wednesday. In addition, at least 478 people have been injured, the majority in the district Mirpur. 150 of them were in mortal danger.
On Tuesday afternoon (local time) extensive rescue work had started. Authorities in Mirpur said Wednesday they assumed people trapped in rubble, However, the rescue work would be hampered by severe damage to roads and since Wednesday morning by heavy rain. The rains are also projected to continue over the next four days.
According to the National Civil Protection Authority at least 450 houses damaged. Destroyed roads should be reopened for light traffic by Thursday night. Images shared on social media showed a road that had been broken apart so long that entire cars had fallen into the earth's crevasse.
The earthquake shook Pakistan on Tuesday, but it was also felt in neighboring Afghanistan and India. According to Pakistani authorities, it had a magnitude of 5.8. The US earthquake observatory USGS gave the strength at 5.2. In social media, images were shared with massive damage to homes and roads, especially from the Kashmir region.
The center of the earthquake lay according to the Pakistani meteorological office in the city of Jhelum near the capital Islamabad. The earthquake was also felt in neighboring Afghanistan and India. From these countries there were no reports of damage or injuries.
Earthquakes are common in the region. In October 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake killed more than 400 people. Several thousand people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India became homeless.
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