Six people were injured and more than 100 structures damaged in Saturday's earthquake in the hilly Kishtwar district of the Jammu region, as reports of damage started pouring in on Sunday morning from inaccessible areas of the region.
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck Doda, Kishtwar districts on Saturday morning. The tremor was classified as "moderate" by the MeT office. Police said six people - four troopers of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), one trooper of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and a civilian - sustained injuries in the tremor. The injured have been shifted to hospital. Two injured people with serious injuries have been shifted to Jammu for specialised treatment and doctors said both were out of danger.
Reports reaching here said more than 50% of drinking water supply schemes in the district were damaged in the earthquake and efforts were on to restore them. A senior official of the public health engineering (PHE) department said it would take many days to restore the damaged water supply schemes as the tremor caused massive damage.
Electricity supply to Kishtwar town was disrupted because of the earthquake, but officials said it has now been restored. Many residents spent the night under the sky as fears of aftershocks prevented them from venturing into their homes.
The district magistrate has ordered closure of all educational institutions for two days to ensure safety of children.
The hilly Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Ramban districts of the Jammu region - known as the Chenab Valley - have been witnessing periodic tremors for more than four months now. Scientists have been blaming water storage dams of hydro-power projects in the region for destabilising the equilibrium.