- 22 tourists who came to visit Murri, a very popular tourist destination of Pakistan, died
- 22 people including 10 innocent died due to heavy snowfall and traffic jam
- Most of them were such that they died due to exhausted oxygen inside the car.
For thousands of tourists who came to visit Murri, a very popular tourist destination of Pakistan, Saturday came as a day and 22 people including 10 innocent people died. Most of them were such that they died due to exhausted oxygen inside the car. The situation in Murri has become so bad that tourists who reached there in 10,000 vehicles are facing acute shortage of food, oxygen and water. Now the Pakistani army has been deployed to save the tourists from this terrible situation.
Considering the magnitude of the situation, it was declared a disaster-hit area on Saturday. Every road leading up to Murri, located in Rawalpindi district, was blocked when thousands of vehicles entered the city and tourists were stuck on the roads. According to the news of the newspaper, about one thousand cars got stuck at the tourist place. The Punjab Chief Minister issued instructions to expedite the rescue work and provide help to the stranded tourists.
‘Murri has so many tourists after 15-20 years’
According to the list prepared by ‘Rescue 1122’, at least 22 people, including 10 children, have died. Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a statement that he was shocked and saddened by the incident of death of tourists on the way to Murree. Khan tweeted, “The district administration could not prepare due to the heavy snowfall and the arrival of tourists in large numbers without knowing the weather conditions. An inquiry has been ordered and strict rules are being made to ensure that such a tragedy does not happen again. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said in a video message that the army has been deployed to clear vehicles from the roads.
Rashid said that after 15-20 years such a large number of tourists had come to Murri due to which the accident happened. Rashid said the government had to close the road from Islamabad to Murree. Rasheed said, “A thousand vehicles are stranded since night… and some have been pulled out. There were 16-19 deaths in the car. The local people provided food and clothes to the stranded people. He said the road leading to Murree would be closed till 9 pm on Sunday. According to the news of ‘Geo News’, the minister said, ‘We have decided to ban tourists from visiting Murree. This is not the time to go to Murree.
23,000 vehicles evacuated, 1,000 still stranded
The Punjab government has declared Murri as a disaster affected area after heavy snowfall. The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast heavy snowfall in Murree and Galiyat between January 6 and 9. Thousands of tourists, including women and children, have been stranded on the roads since last night in the area. The traffic police officials, however, are making their efforts to restore the movement of traffic on the roads. Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner said on Twitter, “Around 23,000 vehicles have been safely evacuated from Murri. Around 1,000 are still stranded. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif said he was saddened by the tragedy in Murri and questioned who was responsible for these deaths.