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US News Pakistan: a snowstorm makes several dead stuck in their vehicles

13:00  09 january  2022
13:00  09 january  2022 Source:   france24.com

Pakistan: At least 21 people dead in a traffic jam caused by a snowstorm

 Pakistan: At least 21 people dead in a traffic jam caused by a snowstorm of the "decades" of meteorological records were beaten in the last 48 hours © AFP Many motorists were trapped on the road. Drama - "Decades" Weather Records were beaten In the last 48 hours at least 21 people died at Pakistan , stuck in a monster bottling caused by the rue of tens of thousands of visitors to a mountain town where Familized an unusually abundant snow, announced on Saturday the authorities.

On Saturday, the heavy snow and increase in vehicles prompted authorities to declare the region a disaster zone. Pictures and video on social media show cars trapped bumper to bumper, snow piled onto their roofs. At least 21 people have died, including 10 children, according to emergency services. "People are facing a terrible situation," Usman Abbasi, a tourist stuck in the town where heavy snow was still falling, told AFP news agency by phone. "It's not only the tourists, but the local population is also facing severe problems," he added, saying there were gas and water shortages.

At least 22 people including 10 children have died after a heavy snow storm left an estimated 125,000 cars stranded in a mountain resort town in Pakistan . Eight of the fatalities were from the family of Islamabad police officer Naveed Iqbal, who died alongside his wife and six children. Soldiers, including a special military mountain unit, were called in to assist rescue efforts and had freed thousands of vehicles by Saturday morning, though thousands more were still stuck in the area.

Des personnes se tiennent à côté de voitures coincées sous des arbres tombés sur une route enneigée, à Murree, au nord-est d'Islamabad, au Pakistan, dans cette image fixe tirée d'une vidéo du 8 janvier 2022. © PTV, via Reuters people stand next to cars stuck under trees fallen on a snowy road, in Murree, northeast of Islamabad , in Pakistan, in this fixed image taken from a video of January 8, 2022.

At least 21 people died in Pakistan, stuck in a monster traffic jam caused by the rue of tens of thousands of visitors to a mountain town where fell Unusually abundant snow, announced the authorities on Saturday.

Falls of Snow Mortal in Pakistan . The Pakistani Relief Services, Rescue 1122, published on Saturday, January 8, a list of 21 people deceased in a monster traffic jam caused by the rue of tens of thousands of visitors to a mountain town.

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10 children among those dead from hypothermia after heavy snow in resort town of Murree. At least 22 people, including 10 children, have died in a popular mountain resort town in Pakistan after being stuck in their vehicles overnight during a heavy snowstorm as temperatures plummeted, according to officials.

Pakistan ’s interior minister said thousands of cars had been stuck after more than 4 feet of snow fell overnight in the area of a popular winter resort, according to the Associated Press. Photo: Zuma Press. At least 16 tourists died in freezing temperatures after being stranded in their vehicles in northern Pakistan , where thousands had flocked to enjoy the snow , officials said on Saturday. With some 1,000 vehicles still stranded, the government has declared Murree, 64 km (40 miles) northeast of the capital Islamabad, a calamity hit area.

Among the victims, a police officer, his wife and their six children. Hasaan Khawar, a spokesman for the Government of Punjab, said they died cold in their car. It was not clear in the immediate future if the other victims, including the five members of another family, died of the same cause or intoxication to the breathed carbon monoxide in the cabin of their vehicle.

The Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said the army was mobilized to clear the roads and rescue the thousands of people still blocked near Murree, located about 70 kilometers away. Northeast of the capital Islamabad.

The shared videos on social networks showed immobilized cars, bumper against bumper with up to a meter of snow on their roofs.

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The snow was so severe that heavy equipment brought in to clear it initially got stuck during the night, said Umar Maqbool, assistant commissioner for the town of Murree. Temperatures fell to minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Officials called in paramilitary troops and a special military mountain unit to The military also converted army-run schools into relief camps where they provided shelter and food for the tourists who had been rescued. Emergency officials distributed food and blankets to people while they were trapped in their snowed -in vehicles , but many died of hypothermia.

The snow was so severe that heavy equipment brought in to clear it initially got stuck during the night, said Umar Maqbool, assistant commissioner for the town of Murree. Temperatures fell to minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Officials called in paramilitary troops and a special military mountain unit to help. Streets leading into the city are often blocked by snow in winter. Videos shared on social media showed entire families, including children, lying dead in their snow -covered vehicles . Snowfall, which began on Tuesday night, continued at regular intervals, attracting thousands of tourists.

"The heavy snowfall has generated traffic jams and the closing of roads," said Babar Khan, a tourist stuck for hours, AFP by phone. "The roads were also closed because of falls of trees in many places," he added.

murree declared "Dispatigated Zone"

The Pakistani weather forecasting center website stated that heavy snowfall were expected in the area until Sunday afternoon.

The Minister of Information, Fawad Chaudhry, has announced that "decades" weather records had been beaten in the last 48 hours.

For several days, many photos were shared on Pakistani social networks showing tourists playing in the snow around Murree, town founded in the 19th century by the British as sanatorium for their colonial troops.

The authorities of the province of Punjab announced that Murree had been declared "a disaster area" and asked the population to no longer get there in the immediate future.

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A snowstorm in northern Pakistan stranded thousands of vehicles which led to at least 20 deaths . Extreme snowfall rates combined with rush hour on the first weekday after the holidays to create a nightmare of a situation in Virginia, leaving some drivers stuck for more than a day and a half. A powerful winter storm that dumped heavy snow across northern Pakistan late last week and into the weekend turned deadly when thousands of cars became stranded in the snow .

AFP Videographics. Vehicles trapped in deadly Pakistan snowstorm . At least 21 people died in an enormous traffic jam caused by tens of thousands of visitors thronging a Pakistani hill town to see unusually heavy snowfall. A heavy winter storm in Pakistan left 22 people dead on Saturday after more than four feet of snow trapped motorists in their cars overnight.The storm swept through the area surrounding the mountain resort Murree Hills on Friday and trapped thousands of cars on local roads, the Associated Press reported, citing information from government officials.Most of the victims

Prime Minister Pakistani, Imran Khan, declared himself shocked but also angered by the tragedy. "Unprecedented snowfall and a rush of people moving without checking the weather conditions have taken the district administration to deprived," he tweeted. "I ordered an investigation and I put in place a strict regulation to ensure the prevention of such tragedies".

Warnings of the authorities

The authorities had already warned last weekend against the overflow of visitors to Murree but it did not prevent many inhabitants from Islamabad from rushing again.

"People face a terrible situation," lamented Usman Abbasi, another tourist stuck, sees by phone by AFP. "It's not just tourists, the local population is also confronting serious problems," he said.

"The gas bottles are exhausted and there is no drinking water in most neighborhoods - either it's frozen or the pipes are damaged by the cold," he said, adding that The hotels were short of food.

Located at 2,300 m altitude, murree clings to the flanks of several hills and its narrow access roads are regularly bottled, even in good weather.

According to Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the inhabitants of the city have hosted many visitors who were stuck and brought blankets and food to those blocked in traffic jams.

Schools and administrative buildings also welcome disasters, he added.

with AFP

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