Death toll from Tuesday's strong natural disaster in Pakistani-administered Kashmir has touched to 37, as rescuers backed by soldiers continued negotiating with collapsed roads and bridges, to reach remote areas in the tremor-hit region, local media and officials reported.
The epicentre of Tuesday's quake was close to the city of Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. In response to the quake, the Pakistani Army dispatched troops and medical staff to the earthquake-affected areas to assist civilian authorities in rescuing the victims.
Some residents in Mirpur said shortly after the quake struck, they came out of their homes reciting verses from the Quran, Islam's holy book.
District commissioner Mohammad Tayyab said eight people were killed, including three children.
Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal, the NDMA's chief, said the authority would bring in 200 family-sized tents for temporary shelters, kitchen sets, blankets and 50,000 bottles of water.
Most of the damage was in an area between Jhelum and Mirpur, General Afzal added.
At least 38 were killed and 700 were left injured after a 5.8 magnitude quake rattled northeastern Pakistan on Tuesday, destroying infrastructure and roads.
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Tremors were also felt across Delhi, Punjab and Haryana however no damages or injuries were reported.
As in previous instances - particularly in 2005 - Azad Kashmir and Mirpur are the worst affected, which is the government must send all the relief efforts possible immediately.
The areas were also affected by the tremors include Khyber, Abbottabad, Sukeli, Gujrat, Chiniot, Sargodha, Zafarwal, Shahkot, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Swat, Mardan, Okara, Buner, Faisalabad, Swabi, Phalia, Sarai Alamgir, Shakargarh, Noorpur Thal and Kasur. While the NDMA chairman, at a news briefing in Islamabad, detailed the relief and rescue activities, he went to great lengths to downplay the extent of the damage, giving a death toll lower than that being reported in the media and saying that only 100-odd people were "seriously" injured. Mirpur is on Pakistan's side of the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who went to NY to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting, expressed grief over the deaths of the people.
There have been no reports of casualties or property damages in India so far.
People walk on a road damaged by a powerful natural disaster that struck in Jatlan near Mirpur, in northeast Pakistan.
A powerful 5.8-magnitude quake has struck Pakistan's capital Islamabad and other cities in the eastern Punjab province, scaring many people who rushed out of multistory buildings and homes.