Two dead, dozens hurt in J&K quake

Two dead, dozens hurt in J&K quake

Two people were killed and 70 injured on Wednesday in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir when an earthquake shook parts of North India. The injured include dozens of schoolchildren and four teachers.

According to officials, the epicentre of the 5.8 magnitude quake was near the border of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, 17 km northeast of Bhadarwah and 23 km south-southeast of Kishtwar.

Officials said injuries were reported from schools and other building located close to the epicentre of earthquake,  23 km east of Doda town.

Reports of cracks in office and residential buildings and disruption of communication systems were reported from Bhaderwah, Doda and Kishtwar towns in the Jammu region. A newly constructed hospital and college buildings suffered extensive damage in the Kishtwar area. The quake triggered landslides which led to blocking of Kishtwar-Batote highway.

“Rescue teams have been dispatched to the affected areas and they are searching for survivors among dozens of damaged buildings. Rescue work is going on,” a senior government official told Deccan Herald. He said habitations in the area are located on steep hills and rough terrain and it will take time to assess the exact damages.

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