Dozens of tourists who were trapped in their vehicles due to heavy snowfall in Murree and surrounding areas have died. According to official figures, 16 to 19 tourists have lost their lives due to the constant snowfall. Disturbing photos shared by local hill station residents show that tourist cars were initially stranded due to bad weather and eventually stopped operating as they ran out of fuel. The hill station has received more than 100,000 vehicles, although it may only contain 30,000.
Pak Army to assist the civil administration of Murree:
The unlucky visitors had no shelter because of the ongoing snow. Such was the case of the snowfall that their vehicles were struck by snow and shivering to death. Commenting on the tragic development, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said the State Government had decided to send the Pakistani Army to assist Murree community officials evacuating needy tourists from the region. He confirmed that five Pakistani Army officers had been deployed to Murree and that many Rangers and Frontier Corps officers had been instructed to remain on high alert. Moreover, the interior minister said authorities would release 1,000 vehicles tonight, and roads would remain closed in Murree until tomorrow at 9 pm.”We have also decided to ban tourists planning to come to Murree by walk. It is not the time to go to Murree.
Punjab declares Murree calamity-hit area:
The Punjab government has declared Murree a disaster after a devastating snowfall in the city. Aware of the unrest and emergency, Punjab CM Usman Buzdar has ordered government offices and restrooms for needy visitors.
He mandated that every effort be made to assist tourists and speed up the mountainous region’s ongoing rescue work. The CM has ordered that additional supplies be moved from Rawalpindi and other cities to Murree to speed up the relief work.CM Buzdar also directed to send his helicopter to Murree for rescue.
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