A strong 5.8 magnitude earthquake jolted several cities and northern parts of the country including Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore.

The tremors lasted for 8-10 seconds but were felt strongly.

The cities where the tremors were felt included Sialkot, Sargodha, Mansehra, Gujrat, Chitral, Malakand, Multan, Shangla, Bajaur, Swat, Sahiwal, Rahim Yar Khan and Mirpur.

Over 300 people injured in Mirpur as earthquake measuring 5.8 on the richter scale jolts Azad Kashmir, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad.

Nineteen including four people reportedly died in earthquake related incident.

The earthquake badly affected Jatlan area of Mirpur where communication infrastructure including road, electricity and telephone facilities are reported to be partially damaged.

Massive relief and rescue operations are underway.

All the government agencies are actively reaching out to earthquake hit areas to provide immediate relief to the affected people and assessing the scale of damage.

Police, local people and Army Jawans are actively taking part in rescue operations in the area.

The Azad Jammu Kashmir government declared emergency in all public sector hospitals of Mirpur for treatment of injured who sustained.

Also, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Services, Rules and Regulations Dr Zafar Mirza declared emergency in all public hospitals of federal capital in wake of earth quake.

In a statement, he directed administration of federal capital hospitals in order to manage any untoward situation.

According to Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lieutenant General Muhammd Afzal, the rescue operations will be completed by tomorrow.

According to met office, the epicenter of earthquake was five kilometers North of Jhelum and was at depth of ten kilometers in earth.

Cracks appeared in buildings and roads were ruptured near Jatlan canal in Mirpur.

There are also reports of walls collapsing in the area.

The quake sent people racing out of buildings and offices in cities across the country.

Meanwhile, according to Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) sources, Mangla Dam and its power house are safe and as part of precautionary measures, turbines were first stopped and later put into operation again.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed troops to immediately launch relief and rescue operation in aid of respective civil administrations in the quake-stricken areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet said, army troops with aviation and medical support teams dispatched for operation in aid of civil administration for victims of earthquake in AJK.

It said army troops with aviation and medical support teams dispatched.

This direction by Chief of Army Staff came soon after the news about earthquake, which struck the areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir where it had caused devastation.

President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and property in earthquake affected areas in the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

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