A MASSIVE earthquake rocked Azad Kashmir (Pakistan-administered-Kashmir ) and north-east Pakistan today levelling homes, killing dozens and injuring more than 300. The centre of the tremor was areas nearby Mirpur district in Azad Kashmir. The jolts were observed in Rawalakot, Bhimber, Kotli, and various other cities in the region.
The devastating 5.8 magnitude quake’s epicentre was close to the city of Mirpur, which is located inside Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Photos and videos circulating on social media accounts of residents in various places in Azad Kashmir showed huge cracks on main roads in the area and destroyed homes and businesses.
According to initial media reports there were four children among at least 20 dead following the quake.
The earthquake shook walls across the country and left people standing in the streets fearing further tremors.
Pakistan’s military dispatched troops and medical teams to the quake-affected area to aid civilian authorities rescue victims.
Authorities said emergency helicopters will now be used to evacuate people from the hardest hit areas.