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19 dead, 300+ injured as powerful quake jolts Pakistan

Mirpur district in Pakistan-administered Kashmir worst hit, epicenter lying 1 km southeast of city – Anadolu Agency

The epicenter of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake was believed to be between the northeastern Jehlum city of Punjab province and Mirpur district of Azad Kashmir, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Afzal, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, told reporters.

All the deaths have been reported from Mirpur district of Azad Kashmir, bordering Pakistani province of Punjab.

“Medical emergency has been declared in all the hospitals in Mirpur, and our teams are on way to the affected areas,” Afzal said.

The town of Mirpur on the banks of Mangla Dam lake was badly shaken by tremors, lasting nearly 10 seconds, said Mushtaq Minhas, information minister of Azad Kashmir.

Local disaster management official Saeed ur Rehman confirmed that a residential building has collapsed in Jatlaan town of Mirpur, injuring 50 people, including women and children.

Source: 19 dead, 300+ injured as powerful quake jolts Pakistan

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