Afghanistan earthquake claims four lives in J-K

  • PTI, Srinagar
  • Updated: Oct 27, 2015 21:52 IST
A vehicle demaged after massive earthquake at Rafiabadin Distrct in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. (PTI)

Four persons, including three women died while 20 others were injured in Jammu and Kashmir, following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that jolted northern India on Monday.

“As per the latest reports presented by DGP K Rajindra Kumar and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, four people - two each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions - have died, while 20 persons were injured in yesterday’s earthquake,” an official spokesperson said.

A total of 53 houses were damaged in the quake, he said.

The officers were briefing a meeting chaired by minister for relief and rehabilitation Syed Basharat Bukhari in Srinagar. This was the second meeting in 24 hours to review the impact of the earthquake in the state.

The spokesperson said while two women died in Kashmir division, a woman and a boy were reported dead in Jammu division.

With regard to loss of property, the spokesperson said around 40 residential houses in Kashmir division and 13 in Jammu division have been damaged besides some non-residential structures have also been damaged.

A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on Richter scale and lasting for about a minute jolted north India on Monday, with panic-stricken people rushing out of houses.

The earthquake epicentred in the Hindukush mountain range in Afghanistan.

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