A 5.8 magnitude natural disaster has struck eastern Pakistan, killing at least 19 people and children and injured more than 300 others.
Tuesday's natural disaster levelled homes and shops and split open roads in an area between the towns of Jhelum and Mirpur to the north, which is in Pakistan's portion of the disputed territory of Kashmir.
An emergency was declared in hospitals across PoK.
National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal held a press conference on Tuesday evening to brief the media regarding the damages suffered and rescue operations underway in the wake of a 5.8-magnitude quake which hit the northern parts of the country.
"We believe some people may still be trapped but we can't reach them because roads are damaged and rain is heavy, " Rehman said.
The tremors shook walls in Islamabad and forced people to rush outside.
Under cloudy skies, scores of people were seen picking through ruined buildings by an Associated Press reporter.
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"A group of rescue teams has been dispatched from AJK to initiate large-scale relief activities in Mirpur, whereas, Pakistan Army personnel have also commenced relief activities in the affected areas".
The quake sent people of affected areas scurrying into the streets. "I lost everything", said Abdullah Khan, whose three-bedroom home in Jatlan village on the outskirts of Mirpur was flattened by the quake.
"I was sitting in my shop when suddenly the walls started swaying".
News Nation is a leading Hindi News Channel. The shop owner was not identified.
Local disaster management officials told Al Jazeera they were still gathering reports from the site of the quake, but had received word of damage to infrastructure. "After receiving treatment, I came to my home and saw seven rooms of my house had collapsed but my family members were safe".
Authorities in Pakistan are still trying to find out the damage caused by the quake.
The quake - which also jolted several cities in Pakistan's Punjab province and Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province - left at least 34 people dead, the disaster management officials were quoted as saying by Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune.