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Deadly Snow Traps Hundreds of Drivers in Pakistan

BoomRadioNG | January 10, 2022
At least 21 people have died after heavy snow trapped them in their vehicles in northern Pakistan.
As many as 1,000 vehicles became stranded as would-be tourists reportedly rushed to view the winter snowfall in the hilltop town of Murree.
A policeman, his wife and their six children, as well as another family-of-five, are among the dead, according to local emergency services.
The military says it has rescued more than 300 people stranded by the snow.
An army spokesperson added that military engineers and troops had also started to clear roads leading to Murree.

Muhammad Umer, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said the crisis had been caused by the number of people travelling to the area, north of the capital Islamabad. More than 100,000 cars had arrived in the colonial-era town in recent days, with social media in Pakistan flooded with pictures of people enjoying the snow.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed shock over the “tragic deaths” of the tourists, noting how the snowfall and the “rush of [people] proceeding without checking weather conditions caught district admin unprepared”.
Khan said in a tweet; “Have ordered inquiry and putting in place strong regulations to ensure prevention of such tragedies,”
Paul Ayorinde

Written by BoomRadioNG

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