19 dead and 300 Injured as Powerful 5.8 magnitude Tremor hits Pakistan

Delhi: A strong 5.8 magnitude tremor has hit the Pakistani  and other cities in the eastern Punjab province, leaving at least 19 people dead and 300 injured, officials said. The death toll in the devastating earthquake that rattled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several cities in the country rose to 30 today as authorities stepped up relief efforts. 

According to US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which occurred yesterday, was near Mirpur city in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Eleven deaths have been reported in Jatlan and nine in Mirpur alone. Other people died in the areas located between Mirpur and Jari Kas. The number of casualties is  likely to increase as around 100 of the injured were admitted to different hospitals in a critical condition.