A powerful earthquake jolted northern parts of Pakistan later this afternoon leaving at least 25 dead and around 400 others wounded.
The powerful 5.8-magnitude shallow quake jolted hit 22.3 kilometres north of Jhelum just after 4:00 pm.
The authorities in Pakistan said the tremors were felt in Islamabad, Mirpur, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sialkot, Sargodha, Mansehra, Gujrat, Chitral, Malakand, Multan, Shangla, Bajaur, Swat, Sahiwal and Rahim Yar Khan, according to Dawn News.
Pakistan’s Chief meteorologist Muhammad Riaz told AFP “The quake was 10 kilometers deep and was felt in most of Punjab province, some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The worst hit was Mirpur, Azad Kashmir.”
Divisional Commissioner Chaudhry Muhammad Tayyab had earlier said at least 19 people, three of them young children, were reported to have died and more than 300 others wounded due to the quake in Mirpur.