Yesterday, around 4 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET), eastern Pakistan was hit by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake.
Pakistan’s meteorological department informed that, according to a preliminary assessment, the epicenter was located near the mountainous city of Jhelum in the Punjab province and struck at a depth of 6.2 miles.
The quake was felt not only in the Pakistan capital Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, New Mirpur city, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, and other cities in the eastern Punjab province but also in Afghanistan and India.
The earthquake has left at least 38 people dead ─children included─ and more than 500 injured. At this moment there are hundreds of people, many of them in a critical condition, waiting for medical attention at the district hospital.
The tremor also destroyed dozens of buildings and homes and even caused flooding in some villages as a result of a breach at a canal.
The Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider, said: “at this moment the main goal is to accelerate the rescue operations because there are people who are still stuck and need immediate help”. Therefore an immediate rescue operation had been launched, with aviation and medical support teams dispatched to the area.
More damages are expected to be reported in the days to come. Keep yourself informed about the most outstanding natural disasters with SkyAlert.
Sources of information:
- BBC News
- Edition CNN
- The Independet
Imagen from: Stringer/Reuters