Murree state of affairs: Pakistan Army referred to as in after 19 vacationers die amid heavy snowfall

Murree state of affairs: Pakistan Army referred to as in after 19 vacationers die amid heavy snowfall


Rangers and FC referred to as as effectively; all routes in Murree blocked; hundreds of automobiles caught

By Web Desk

January 08, 2022

Vehicles stranded in Murree (left) and officials carrying out rescue operation as heavy snowfall hits the hill station. — Twitter
Vehicles stranded in Murree (left) and officers finishing up rescue operation as heavy snowfall hits the hill station. — Twitter

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab authorities declared Murree a calamity-hit area and sought assist from the Pakistan Army after not less than 19 vacationers died of their automobiles.

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

In a video message, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Saturday stated Murree had “seen a huge number of tourists after 15-20 years”, and as a result of that, a disaster happened.

Rasheed stated the federal government was pressured to shut the highway from Islamabad to Murree. “Islamabad and Rawalpindi’s commissioners, deputy commissioners, police, are carrying out rescue works.”

The inside minister stated 5 platoons of the Pakistan Army have been referred to as in for rescue efforts, whereas Rangers and Frontier Corps will probably be deployed on an emergency foundation.

“As many as 1,000 vehicles have been stuck since night […] some have been evacuated; 16-19 deaths took place in cars. The locals provided food and blankets to the stranded people.”

The inside minister stated the authorities would evacuate 1,000 automobiles by right this moment night, whereas the roads would stay closed to Murree until tomorrow 9pm.

“We have also decided to ban tourists who are planning on coming to Murree by walk; this is not the time to come to Murree,” Rasheed stated.


According to the native administration, rain and blizzards are forecast tonight in and round Murree, with thunderstorms at a pace of 50-90 kmph and heavy snowfall.

The administration has warned the residents to not depart their houses in extreme climate or flip to Murree as extreme climate situations are more likely to proceed until late at evening.

Tourists throng to Murree

For the final two days, steady snowfall has been going down in Murree, and with that, a whole lot of hundreds of vacationers are heading in direction of the city.

Geo News, citing officers, reported that an estimated 125,000 automobiles have entered the town thus far, as a result of which extreme visitors jam was witnessed on the roads. In view of the emergency state of affairs, the administration has determined to shut all of the roads resulting in Murree.

Rawalpindi deputy commissioner has confirmed that that the roads resulting in the vacationer web site has been blocked at Bhara Kahu device plaza to take care of the state of affairs.

Thousands of vacationers, together with girls and youngsters, have been trapped on the roads within the space since final evening. Officials of the visitors police, nevertheless, had been making their efforts to revive the circulation of visitors on the roads.

The vacationers have demanded of the federal government to assist evacuate them from the realm.

Taking to Twitter, Rawalpindi deputy commissioner stated, “Around 23000 vehicles have been evacuated safely from Murree. Around 1000 are still stranded.”

He maintained that the district admin is working around the clock to evacuate the remaining automobiles safely.

Govt appeals to postpone plans for a number of days

Earlier, Sheikh Rasheed had appealed to the vacationers, particularly households, to chorus from travelling to Murree and Galyat.

He had maintained that the vacationers won’t be allowed to go 17 Mile Interchange. However, residents with an excessive emergency will probably be granted permission to travel to Murree and Galyat.

Similarly, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that a lot of automobiles had been heading in direction of Murree and different hilly areas, making it not possible for the native administration to facilitate them. 

He urged the folks to postpone their plan for a number of days.


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