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21 people die trapped in vehicles after heavy snowfall in Pakistan’s Murree

Pakistan’s well-liked hill station Murree was declared a calamity-hit space on Saturday after not less than 21 folks, together with 9 youngsters, froze to demise of their stranded autos as a result of unprecedented snowfall and rush of vacationers to the picturesque city in Punjab province.

All of the routes in Murree in Rawalpindi district had been blocked after hundreds of autos entered town, leaving the vacationers helpless on the roads.

Round 1,000 vehicles had been caught on the hill station whereas the Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar issued directions for expediting rescue work and offering support to the stranded vacationers, the Daybreak newspaper reported.

The Punjab authorities has imposed a state of emergency in hospitals, police stations and administration places of work.

Based on a listing issued by Rescue 1122, not less than 21 folks died, together with 9 youngsters, it stated.

Prime Minister Imran Khan stated he was shocked and upset on the tragic deaths of vacationers on the street to Murree.

“Unprecedented snowfall & rush of ppl continuing with out checking climate situations caught district admin unprepared. Have ordered inquiry & putting in sturdy regulation to make sure prevention of such tragedies,” Khan stated in a tweet.

The army has been mobilised to clear roads and rescue folks nonetheless trapped, Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid stated in a video message. He stated Murree had “seen an enormous variety of vacationers after 15-20 years”, and as a result of that, a disaster passed off.

Rashid stated the federal government was compelled to shut the street from Islamabad to Murree.

The commissioners of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, deputy commissioners, police, are finishing up rescue operations, he stated.

“As many as 1,000 autos have been caught since night time […] some have been evacuated; 16-19 deaths passed off in vehicles. The locals offered meals and blankets to the stranded folks,” Rashid stated.

He stated the authorities would evacuate 1,000 autos by Saturday night, whereas the roads would stay closed to Murree until Sunday at 9 PM.

“We now have additionally determined to ban vacationers who’re planning to go to Murree. This isn’t the time to come back to Murree,” the minister was quoted as saying by the Geo News.

The Punjab authorities has declared Murree as a calamity-hit space after heavy snowfall wreaked havoc within the metropolis. Taking discover of the chaos and emergency state of affairs, Punjab Chief Minister Buzdar has directed to open the federal government’s places of work and relaxation homes for the stranded vacationers.

The Pakistan Meteorological Division had predicted heavy snowfall in Murree and Galiyat from January 6 to 9.

Hundreds of vacationers, together with girls and kids, have been trapped on the roads within the space since final night time. Officers of the visitors police, nevertheless, had been making their efforts to revive the movement of visitors on the roads.

Taking to Twitter, Rawalpindi deputy commissioner stated,
“Round 23,000 autos have been evacuated safely from Murree. Round 1,000 are nonetheless stranded.”

Opposition political leaders criticised the federal government for its dealing with of the inflow of vacationers and insufficient preparation.

Chief of the Opposition within the Nationwide Meeting and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif stated he was heartbroken over the tragedy in Murree and questioned who was answerable for the deaths.

“The place was the federal government all of the whereas? What preparations did it make to take care of such an inflow? Incompetence is quick turning into criminality. Prior preparations & round the clock supervision had been the conventional SOPs previously,” he tweeted.

Terming the deaths heartbreaking, PPP Vice President Sherry Rehman stated governments “wanted to be extra vigilant concerning the flood of vacationers on the Galiyat routes”.

“As a substitute of in search of extra vacationers, the federal government ought to have given a warning for jammed roads. These had been tragic & avoidable losses that nobody meant, however nobody acted in time both. Classes should be learnt,” she added.

“The job of governments just isn’t solely to depend vacationers but in addition to make advance preparations and safety measures for them […] These deaths are usually not as a result of snowfall however as a result of authorities negligence,” tweeted PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz.

A lot of folks had been stranded and flights confronted delays because the rain continued to lash the federal capital and Rawalpindi for the fourth consecutive day on Friday.

As a consequence of steady snowfall and visitors congestion in Murree, the district administration imposed a ban on the entry of extra autos.

Snowfall, which started on Tuesday night time, continued with common intervals, attracting hundreds of vacationers. Nonetheless, because of the rush of tourists, many households ended up getting stranded on roads. It has been reported that over 100,000 autos entered the hill station.

In a press release, Chief Visitors Officer Taimoor Khan stated the entry of autos into Murree had been banned from Friday night time onwards and vehicles had been being diverted from toll plazas and different entrances, the Daybreak reported.

He stated since snowfall began on Monday morning, greater than 155,000 autos had entered Murree and 135,000 had to date left.

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