Snowstorm in Pakistan kills 21 people after a blizzard wipes out the country’s north.
A TERRIBLE snowstorm in northern Pakistan has claimed the lives of at least 21 people.
Thousands of vehicles were stranded on Saturday due to a blizzard.
After being stranded in a traffic jam, the tourists experienced a “food crisis” due to a lack of supplies, according to Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid.
Snow began to fall around Murree, 28 miles north of Islamabad, on Tuesday night.
In the area, which is popular with domestic tourists, around four feet of snow fell quickly.
However, due to the large number of visitors, many people became stranded on roads.
Over 100,000 vehicles entered Murree, according to local media.
Ten men, ten children, and two women were among the dead.
According to officials, some died from hypothermia, while others died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Victims were discovered dead in their vehicles, according to rescue officials.
A family of four daughters and two sons, all under the age of 15, were among the dead.
Eight of the 22 people killed in Murree, a mountain resort town, were from the family of a police officer.
A police officer was also killed.
The amount of snow hampered rescue efforts throughout the night, according to authorities.
At first, the clearing equipment became stuck.
According to officials, soldiers rescued people from at least 24,000 vehicles stranded by heavy snow near Murree, a hill station town.
People have been posting videos on social media of stranded cars covered in snow that have died.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the interior minister, said in a video message that tourists are flocking to the area in large numbers for the first time in 15 to 20 years.
He claimed that this resulted in significant traffic and road closures.
Mr Ahmed said that administrations were working to resuscitate the stranded people, and that the Pakistan Army had dispatched five platoons to assist.
“Shocked andamp; upset at tragic deaths of tourists on road to Murree,” Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted.
“Unprecedented snowfall and a rush of people going without checking weather conditions caught the district administration off guard.”
“I’ve ordered an investigation and put in place strict regulations to ensure that such tragedies don’t happen again.”
Every year, hundreds of thousands of domestic and international tourists visit Murree.
Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s information minister, praised the influx of tourists a few days before the snowfall, saying 100,000 vehicles had arrived.
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