Aftershocks continue in Quake-hit Mirpur, adjacent area;

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Altaf Hamid Rao,

Death toll rises to 40 besides injuring of 665 persons,

MIRPUR (AJK):     Aftershocks of mild intensity are being experienced intermittently for the last four days in Sept. 24 deadly earthquake-stricken Mirpur City and its adjoining Areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir – renewing the panic among the locals of this city of AJK holding the country’s second largest Mangla dam in its lap.

Authorities have confirmed a total 40 of the casualties besides injuring of at least 665 people in two major phases of the earthquake in Mirpur and adjoining Bhimbher districts since September 24, 2019 (Tuesday) afternoon. The Severe aftershock on Sept. 26 had left at least 86 people injured.

On Friday – Sept. 27, Mirpur city was shaken twice by the aftershocks of the tremors of extremely low intensity that lasted for few seconds each.

People rushed to the open spaces to save the lives. The frequent and intermittent aftershocks have spread more panic in the area. People are preferring to stay open to sky at middle and sides of the major city streets to avert threat to their lives following the repeated experiencing of the tremors of the catastrophe time and again.

Control Room at Local Deputy Commissioner Office here on Friday confirmed to this Correspondent – the death of one Raja Mushtaq Ahmed son of Sien Khan, resident of most quake-hit Pindi Sabberwal area of Tehsil Mirpur, hardly 20 km from Mirpur city. Ill-fated Mushtaq, who was grievously injured in major tremor on Sept 24, succumbed to his serious injuries in local DHQ hospital on Friday.

According to initially-compiled official figures of the loss of men and material, compiled by the local authorities a total of 35 people were killed and 665 injured, including 495 minor and 170 seriously injured persons only in Mirpur district since Sept 24 catastrophe. Similarly a total of 6919 concrete houses were damaged. These included 419 fully and 6500 damaged partially. Besides, 1700 kacha houses including 1200 fully and 500 partially damaged. 580 of cattle heads were perished besides damaging of about 200 of the vehicles in the initial major shocks of the earthquake experienced on September 24.

It may be added that the local district administration, Mirpur Development Authority and other related functionaries have started drive to collect the data of the loss of private and public property across the earthquake-hit Mirpur City and its adjoining badly-affected areas besides rest of the affected parts of the district. The assessing teams have starting visiting door to door to register the details of the affected private and public sector buildings for onward delivery of compensation as per the decision and policy of the government.