Earthquake Update: 30 School Children Injured, Minor Girl Shifted To Jammu Hospital

Saima Bhat

SRINAGAR

About 30 school children and one teacher were hospitalized after they were injured, two seriously due to earthquake which rattled the Chenab valley Wednesday afternoon.

Police Control Room Doda informed Kashmir Life over phone that 26 school children were injured in two different schools in Gundoo Doda and Baderwa. “All these children had minor injuries, some of them, from Gundoo were discharged while as the children from Baderwa are still in hospital but will be discharged soon”, police said.

However, PCR Doda also informed that most of the government buildings and private houses are reported to have cracks due to the earthquake.

Meanwhile PCR Kistwar told Kashmir Life that one girl, about 2 and half years old was seriously injured when a stone hit on her head near a stone quarry. “She was shifted to Kistwar district hospital but she went into comma and now she is being shifted to Jammu hospital.”

Police further said that in government primary school in Kuti Nagh, three children, one seriously, and a teacher was injured in the earthquake. All the injured were shifted to hospital where they were declared stable while as a government primary school in Sathal Marwar was reported to have got 70 percent damaged due to earthquake.

Pertinently, so far one death has been reported from Kuntwara Kishtiwar.

On Wednesday afternoon a moderate earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter scale and lasted for 10 seconds, left hundreds of buildings in Chenab valley damaged as an earthquake hit the belt somewhere on the border between Himachal Pardesh and J&K. The Epi-centre of the quake was somewhere around Bhaderwah.

Earthquake triggered landslides which led to blocking of Kishtwar-Marmat road.

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