Murree tragedy: Probe reveals 20 of 29 snowploughing automobiles have been all parked in a single spot





Murree tragedy: Probe reveals 20 of 29 snowploughing automobiles have been all parked in a single spot






















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Not solely have been the 20 automobiles multi function spot, there have been no drivers or staff obtainable to get them up and working: sources

By Web Desk

January 14, 2022

Workers use heavy machinery to clear a road following a blizzard that started on January 7 trapping visitors in vehicles along the roads to the resort hill town of Murree, some 70km northeast of Islamabad on January 9, 2022. — AFP
Workers use heavy equipment to clear a highway following a blizzard that began on January 7 trapping guests in automobiles alongside the roads to the resort hill city of Murree, some 70km northeast of Islamabad on January 9, 2022. — AFP

An ongoing probe by an investigation committee into the tragic deaths  on January 7 of greater than 20 individuals in Murree amid unprecedented snowfall has revealed that of 29 snowploughing automobiles, 20 have been all parked in a single location.

The probe committee recorded the statements of the operational employees to find out what transpired that fateful day.

Sources advised Geo News that not solely have been the 20 automobiles multi function spot, there have been no drivers or staff obtainable to get them up and working.

The sources stated that workers of the Forest and Wildlife Department failed to offer passable responses to the committee’s questions.

The probe additional revealed that the district administration despatched again round 50,000 automobiles from Murree’s entry factors that day.

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Meanwhile, a listening to was held within the Lahore High Court on a petition requesting an inquiry into the negligence proven by authorities establishments.

The secretary of the Tourism Department and the director-general of the National Disaster Management Authority have been summoned in court docket.

Aside from them, the Rawalpindi commissioner, deputy commissioner, chief visitors officer and regional police officer have been additionally ordered to seem in court docket.

In addition, notices for court docket appearances have been despatched to the association of resort house owners in Murree to seem in court docket on January 19.

What transpired

At least 22 individuals misplaced their lives in freezing temperatures amid unprecedented snowfall in Murree on January 7. The vacationers died of their vehicles as they have been trapped in highway jams because of the accumulation of snow on the roads.

Despite a extreme climate warning by the Met Office, the native managements of Rawalpindi and Islamabad did not undertake security measures to forestall lots of of hundreds of holiday makers from coming into Murree within the hazardous climate situations.

On January 5, the Met Office had warned of heavy rain with heavy snowfall in all hilly areas together with Murree, Galiyat, Neelum Valley, Naran, Kagan, and so forth., on January 7.

That day, roads have been jammed with visitors from hundreds of holiday makers when a blizzard dumped 4 ft (1.2 metres) of snow.

Stuck of their vehicles in a single day, the individuals died from carbon monoxide poisoning from exhaust fumes from heaters left working in a single day, as acknowledged in an preliminary report submitted by the probe committee.

According to the report, between January three and seven, 162,000 automobiles entered the town.

Trees fell at 16 totally different factors, blocking the roads for visitors, stated the report.

The Islamabad High Court has held the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) accountable for the tragedy.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar has vowed “indiscriminate action” towards all these discovered negligent of their duties.

The chief minister additionally introduced Rs17.6 million in monetary help for the households of the deceased, whereas noting that financial help is “no substitute for human life”, APP reported.

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