PESHAWAR, 8 October: The 10th anniversary of the 2005 deadly earthquake in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was observed on Thursday.

At least 86,000 people lost their lives and thousands others sustained injuries in the 7.6 magnitude quake in Azad Kashmir and parts of KP on 8 October, 2005 at 8:50am. Prayer ceremonies for the victims of the earthquake were arranged in Azad Kashmir and other parts of the country. One-minute silence was observed in Azad Kashmir at 8:50am. In Islamabad, the relatives of the quake victims killed in the Margalla Tower collapse also held a prayer ceremony for their loved ones.

Battagram district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was also affected from the quake where over 3,000 people lost their lives. As many as 528 schools of Battagram were also destroyed in the 2005 earthquake and 281 of them were reconstructed. However, there are 84 other schools where construction work has not been initiated despite passage of 10 years of the quake.

A tailor in Battagram told TNN that his shop was destroyed in the 2005 quake. “I managed to come out of my shop but was shocked to see that the whole market and schools in the area were destroyed. It was like a Doomsday,” he said.

Another citizen said he can still feel the horror of the jolts in the area. “Houses, schools and hospitals were destroyed in the quake and many of them had not been reconstructed in the last 10 years,” he said.

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