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Pakistan earthquake death toll reaches 37

The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake that struck the Pakistani part of the disputed Kashmir region has risen to thirty-seven, according to a local official.

Mirpur divisional commissioner, Muhammad Tayyab, told Reuters on Wednesday that the dead included men, women and children.

Rescue work was in full swing on Wednesday with a further 450 people injured by the  quake, he said.

The quake, which left thousands homeless, leveled many buildings to the ground and split open roads in the area between the towns of Jhelum and Mirpur to the north.

According to a senior police official, Sardar Gulfaraz Khan, the situation is slowly returning to normal, with an incidental reduction in the level of panic among the people.

An aftershock was felt late into Tuesday night, Mr. Khan told AFP.

He said most of the damage happened in villages where old houses collapsed.

Eyewitnesses said Many people from the area slept outdoors overnight and some were returning home on Wednesday morning to collect belongings.

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