Pakistan’s popular hill station Murree was declared a state of emergency after the death of at least 21 people, including nine children, stranded in cars due to a traffic congestion in the tourist destination. It was declared a calamity-hit area. The children were frozen to death in their stranded vehicles due to heavy snowfall and rush of tourists.
All the routes in Murree (Rawalpindi district) were blocked after bunch of vehicles entered the city. The exact cause of the tourists’ deaths is yet to be determined.
PM Imran Khan said he was “shocked and upset” by the tragedy. He also added that an inquiry has been ordered. Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote, “Unprecedented snowfall & rush of people proceeding without checking weather conditions caught district admin unprepared. Have ordered inquiry & putting in place strong regulation to ensure prevention of such tragedies.”