ISLAMABAD Jan 08,2022- Army has been called for rescue operations in Murree on emergency basis after reports 16 to 19 people have died while 1000 vehicles have been stuck due to heavy snow fall in Murree since last night.
Home Minister Sheikh Rashid reached Murree to monitor the relief of stranded tourists in Murree and Galyat. Talking to media on the occasion, he said that 5 infantry platoon of Pakistan Army has been called for rescue operations in Murree on emergency basis. The FC and Rangers have also been called in on an emergency basis.
Sheikh Rashid said that a large number of tourists went to Murree, due to which now all the routes to Murree have been closed, the entry of pedestrians is also being closed, only vehicles carrying food and blankets are allowed to go there.
He said that the entire administration of Islamabad and Rawalpindi was engaged in rescue operations, one thousand vehicles stranded in Murree would be evacuated by evening and those carrying food, blankets and relief items would be to go there on foot.
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The Home Minister further said that for the first time in 15, 20 years, such a large number of tourists have turned to Murree.
He also said that due to this crisis, the traffic in Murree had to be stopped, some vehicles stuck in Murree have been evacuated, some have been sent back and the trapped people are being shifted to safer places.
Earlier, in a video statement released on the social networking site Twitter, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that they were seeking the help of the civil armed Forces to rescue the stranded tourists in Murree.
He said that a large number of people have come to Murree and Galyat, in the last 12 hours they have not been able to open the closed roads of Murree, all the roads leading to Murree have been closed, however a large number of tourists are still there.