Public holiday declared in Mirpur after devastating earthquake

Dunya News

At least 22 people were killed and more than three hundred were injured in Tuesdays earthquake.

MIRPUR (Dunya News) – A public holiday was declared in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir on September 25 after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday killed 22 people and injured more than three hundred. Meanwhile, the educational institutions will remain closed for two days, Dunya News reported.

The epicentre of the 5.8-magnitude quake, which was also felt in other parts of the country, was near Azad Kashmir’s city of Mirpur, roughly 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Jhelum in Punjab.

Several houses, shops and buildings collapsed in different parts of Azad Kashmir, whereas, images obtained from the affected areas show massive cracks on roads. Rescue teams have rushed to the spot and emergency has been declared at all the hospitals. Meanwhile, mobile service has also been affected in the area.