RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army troops have reached snow-hit Murree with heavy equipment to help the civil administration in rescue and aid operations following the deaths of not less than 21 vacationers who have been left stranded of their automobiles.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Army engineers have restored visitors on Jhika Gali and Gharyal Road. Army troops are engaged in evacuating stranded vacationers in Murree, the ISPR stated, including that Army engineers have additionally arrived to reopen the principle roads.
The Army has established 4 camps at Military College Murree, Jhika Gali, APS Kuldana and Station Supply Depot Sunny Bank, stated the navy’s media wing.
Army personnel are offering meals and different obligatory objects, together with secure shelter, to the vacationers stranded within the space, stated the ISPR.
Earlier as we speak, the Punjab authorities declared Murree a calamity-hit area and sought assist from the Pakistan Army.
All the routes in Murree have been blocked for visitors after 1000’s of automobiles entered town at a time when “unprecedented snowfall” occurred, based on native administration.
In a video message, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed stated the disaster unfolded as Murree witnessed “a huge number of tourists after 15-20 years”.
Rasheed stated the federal government was compelled to shut the highway from Islamabad to Murree. “Islamabad and Rawalpindi’s commissioners, deputy commissioners, and police are carrying out rescue works,” he added.
The inside minister stated 5 platoons of the Pakistan Army have been referred to as in for rescue efforts, whereas Rangers and Frontier Corps shall be deployed on an emergency foundation.
“At least s 1,000 vehicles were stuck on the roads since last night […] some have been evacuated; 19-20 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 as we speak 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 on foot; this is not the time to come to Murree,” Rasheed stated.