At least 21 people were killed in Pakistan’s Murree when their vehicles became trapped due to heavy snowfall overnight, according to local media on Saturday.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar proclaimed a state of emergency at hospitals, police stations, government offices, and Rescue 1122 services when the Murree tragedy struck.
Around 1,000 automobiles were trapped on the high station, while the Punjab chief minister issued instructions to expedite rescue efforts and provide assistance to stranded visitors, according to Dawn.
According to the Pakist daily, at least nine of those killed were youngsters.
Furthermore, according to the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the entry of automobiles into Gailyat has been prohibited.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed claimed in a video message that visitors had rushed to the hill resort in such huge numbers “for the first time in 15 to 20 years, causing a significant issue.”
He stated that the administrations of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, as well as police, had been working to rescue those who had become stranded, and that five platoons of the Pakistan Army, as well as Rangers and the Frontier Corps, had been called in on an emergency basis, according to the Pakist newspaper.
According to the minister, over 1,000 automobiles were stranded on the hill station.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department had predicted significant snowfall in Murree and Galiyat from January 6 to 9, according to Dawn.