Moderate tremors in J&K: Two dead,over 60 injured

Officials have confirmed the death of one person,Dasaun Ram of Shandari.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: May 2, 2013 12:56:42 am

Two people died and over 60 others,including schoolchildren,were injured in Doda and Kishtwar districts in the mild-to-moderate intensity tremors that shook J&K in the last 24 hours. Officials have confirmed the death of one person,Dasaun Ram of Shandari. He died on Wednesday afternoon when a shooting stone hit him while he was on his way to home.

However,a junior engineer,Mulakh Raj of Bounjawan,too was killed in Bhaderwah when a huge rock hit him during the termors on Tuesday afternoon that measured 4.3 on Richter scale.

Scientists of the Srinagar-based Meteorological Department said a moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter scale shook the state around 1227 hrs on Wednesday. It was 15 km deep from earth’s surface and its epicentre was located on the border between J&K and neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. Locals said the tremors were followed by over dozen aftershocks.

Divisional Commissioner,Jammu,Pradeep Gupta,said though the impact of earthquake was felt across north India,it was highest in Doda and Kishtwar districts. Officials are assessing details of damage in both the areas. Teams of the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) were sent to various remote parts of both these districts.

Meanwhile,reports say over 60 people,mostly schoolchildren,were injured and a large number of buildings have developed cracks. Due to landslides, many inner roads and link roads have been blocked.

Over two dozen children along with a teacher were injured when the wall of a private school collapsed at Dalori. Of them,three grievously-hurt children along with their teacher,Mohammad Shafi Khan,were referred to Government District Hospital at Doda. The rest have been hospitalised at Gandoh.

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