The death toll in the strong earthquake of 5.8 magnitude that hit Pakistan – India (Jammu and Kashmir) border area has increased to 23.
The powerful earthquake damaged scores of homes and buildings, injuring more than 700 people, reports suggest.
The quake hit some urban and rural parts of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) mainly New Mirpur that was also the epicentre, was severely affected.
Reports from Mirpur stated that deep cracks have emerged on roads near the Jatlan Canal and several cars overturned into it.
In another incident, a building in Mirpur collapsed where many people were injured, who were later shifted to a nearby hospital, deputy commissioner of the city was quoted as saying.
Areas including Muzaffarabad, Kotli and many other scattered places were the areas where most damage occurred.
Tremors were felt in major cities of Pakistan including Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore.
Several cities including Skardu, Kohat, Charsadda, Kasur, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Multan, Shangla, Okara, Nowshera, Attock and Jhang also felt the tremor.
The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at 4:31 pm (IST), was registered at a depth of 40 kilometres, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.
In India, tremors were felt across Delhi, the national capital region, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, but no immediate casualties or damages were reported.