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Over 200 killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Luv Puri

JAMMU: Over 200 people were killed and more than 700 injured in Jammu and Kashmir due to the quake. More than 2,000 houses were damaged, and thousands became shelter-less in minutes.

All parts of the State were jolted but the border districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Poonch bore the brunt of the damage due to their proximity to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which was the epicenter of the quake. Uri town, which adjoins Muzaffarabad district of PoK, was flattened. Officials of the 15 Corps told The Hindu that more than 120 people were killed and more than 300 injured in Uri sector of Baramulla district. In the same sector, 20 Army personnel were killed and 37 injured.

Baramulla town also suffered damage. Two persons were killed and 80 others were injured.

In the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district, another forward area to the north of Baramulla district, 20 persons were killed and more than 100 others injured.

In Poonch district, 10 persons were killed. The famous Moti Mahal building in the middle of the town, which housed soldiers of the Poonch brigade, was completely destroyed.

The soldiers were evacuated and taken to the military hospital.

Official sources said 236 bodies were recovered, including 197 civilians and 36 Army personnel.

The number of injured stood at 650, including 82 Army personnel.

The full impact of the quake could not be known as roads to many of the affected villages remained inaccessible due to landslips. No contact could be established with many villages and people protested against the poor response of the administration.

Authorities in Baramulla district told The Hindu that more than 90 per cent of the houses in 54 villages were completely destroyed. Many people were feared buried under the rubble. Locals and security personnel were undertaking rescue operations.

The Government cancelled the leave of all medical and para-medical staff. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed visited the affected areas.

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