A tragedy Occurs in Murree As 22 People Died When Stuck In A Snowstorm

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RAWALPINDI SNOWSTORM: The army and the district administration initiated a large rescue operation in and around Murree after 22 persons, including women and children, were discovered dead in their vehicles caught in heavy snowfall.

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Tens of thousands of tourists flocked to Punjab’s hill town of Murree to enjoy the snowfall, but a big number of vehicles became stranded in the snow on Friday night, killing 22 people. Eight of them perished from frostbite in their automobiles, and others died from asphyxiation after breathing exhaust fumes from snow-bound vehicles.

The Punjab government declared the area in and around Murree calamity-hit on Saturday morning.

It was an unplanned selfie, but it was shot in the dying minutes of life, under the watchful eyes of death, which was lurking in the black clouds of a tremendous snowfall.

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But, unconscious that he had taken the last freeze-frame of his life, Sohail Khan was overjoyed to take a selfie with his relatives – Asad, 22, and Muhammad Bilal, 21 – who had joined him in a car to Murree. They were all marching towards a fate they couldn’t have predicted.

Sohail and his pals, residents of Taza Gram Mardan, were caught in one of the numerous ill-fated cars stranded on a snow-covered road that was supposed to transport them to the popular tourist destination, but instead took their lives.

The selfie from the event has gone popular online, with people paying tribute to the victims and their “farewell selfie.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his sorrow and anguish over the loss, ordered an investigation, and asked the authorities involved to put in place strict regulations to guarantee that such tragedies do not occur again.

The prime minister remarked in a tweet, “Shocked and upset by unfortunate deaths of tourists on road to Murree.” Unprecedented snowfall and a rush of people proceeding without first assessing weather conditions caught district administration off guard. Have ordered an investigation and put in place strict regulations to prevent such catastrophes.”

murree snowstorm tragedy Chief Minister Usman Buzdar

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has directed that the stranded tourists be accommodated in government guest homes in the vicinity. According to Radio Pakistan, an emergency has been declared in all essential departments, including police, administration, Rescue 1122, and hospitals.

Buzdar stated that evacuating the stranded tourists is the government’s top priority, and that the travellers are being provided with required relief materials such as food supplies.

It was an unplanned selfie, but it was shot in the dying minutes of life, under the watchful eyes of death, which was lurking in the black clouds of a tremendous snowfall.

But, unconscious that he had taken the last freeze-frame of his life, Sohail Khan was overjoyed to take a selfie with his relatives – Asad, 22, and Muhammad Bilal, 21 – who had joined him in a car to Murree. They were all marching towards a fate they couldn’t have predicted.

The following images, taken by bystanders a few hours later, are heartbreaking. Sohail, 27, is frozen with his companions, their joyous faces suddenly devoid of life.

Muhammad Bilal, a 24-year-old Karachi resident who was travelling with three ill-fated cousins, was also slain in the tragedy.

According to rescue and government officials, at least 22 tourists who were stranded in their automobiles during a snowstorm in Murree on Friday night died as a result of the inclement weather.

According to local emergency services Rescue 1122, among the dead are a police officer, his wife, and their six children, as well as another family of five.

The military claims to have rescued over 300 persons who had become stranded due to the snow.

According to an army spokeswoman, military engineers and troops have also begun to clear roads leading to Murree.

The problem, according to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, was sparked by the large number of individuals who traveled to the area north of Islamabad. In recent days, more than 100,000 cars had arrived in the colonial-era town, and social media in Pakistan was inundated with photographs of people enjoying the snow.

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