2 teachers injured in stampede during quake in Torghar

TORGHAR: Two schoolteachers were injured in a stampede during earthquake in Torghar district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday.

Earthquake jolts were felt in different parts of KP on Wednesday due to which people were panicked and they came out of their houses. Tremors were felt in Peshawar, Shangla, Mansehra, Buner, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat, Abbottabad, Torghar, Swabi and other areas. Some reports said jolts were also felt in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The intensity of the quake was 5 on the Richter Scale.

TNN correspondent reported that stampede occurred in Government Middle School Shahdag in Torghar in which two teachers sustained injuries. Other teachers and students remained safe. The said school remained safe during the 2005 strong earthquake which had caused massive deaths and destruction in the region.

According to Meteorological Department, the epicentre of earthquake was located 20 kilometers away from Battagram. The epicentre of that quake was located at the depth of 80 kilometers in Hindukush mountains in Afghanistan.

Wednesday’s quake was a bit milder in intensity than the previous quake which happened on February 2 which jolted most parts of KP and some parts of Punjab.

The Met Office has also predicted rain in Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Malakand and Hazara divisions of KP during the next 24 hours. Rain was also recorded in most parts of KP during the last 24 hours. Sixteen millimetres rain was recorded in Kakul, 15mm in Kohistan, 13mm in Balakot, 9mm in Malam Jabba, 7mm in Saidu Sharif, 6mm in Parachinar and 1mm in Cherat. Rain was also recorded at scattered places in Peshawar on Tuesday which brought some respite for the people from hot weather.

On Monday night, windstorm caused damages in Peshawar, Mardan and Charsadda, and power supply also remained suspended in many areas. Boundary walls of several houses were collapsed, several trees were uprooted and fruit orchards also suffered damages.

After the current rain spell, the water in most parts of KP is expected to remain dry and hot and temperatures are likely to increase. In Peshawar minimum temperature on Wednesday was 24 degrees centigrade, while maximum temperature was 37 degrees centigrade.