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Pakistan snowfall Murree: Snowfall wreaks havoc in Pakistan’s hill station, 21 tourists killed after getting stuck in vehicles – Pakistan hill station Murree tourists died stranded vehicles ntc

Story Highlights

  • People trapped in vehicles in snowy weather
  • PM Imran Khan expressed grief

Around 21 tourists have died in northern Pakistan after being trapped in their vehicles amid snowy weather. With around 1,000 vehicles still stranded, the government has declared Murri, 64 km northeast of the capital Islamabad, a disaster-hit area.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said in a video message, “For the first time in 15 to 20 years, such a large number of tourists came to Murree, which created a big crisis.” The minister said that around 1,000 cars were stuck in the hill station, in which 21 people died.

closed roads

According to Reuters news, he said that army platoons and paramilitary forces have been deployed to assist the civil administration in the rescue operation. Late on Friday, the government announced the closure of all roads leading to the station to prevent any influx of tourists.

PM Imran Khan expressed grief

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief over the unfortunate deaths of tourists. In a tweet, Khan said, “Investigation and stricter rules have been ordered to ensure prevention of such tragedies.” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary appealed to the people not to come to the hill station.

families killed in vehicles

The snowfall that began on Tuesday night continued at regular intervals, attracting thousands of tourists. Many families are stuck on the roads due to the huge rush of tourists. Local media reported that over 100,000 vehicles entered the hill station. In a video shared on social media, entire families, including children, are seen lying dead in their snow-covered vehicles.

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