By Syed Raza Hassan
KARACHI, Pakistan – At Least SIXTEEN vacationers died in freezing temperatures after being stranded of their automobiles in northern Pakistan, the place hundreds had flocked to enjoy the snow, officers stated on Saturday.
With a few 1,000 cars still stranded, the federal government has declared Murree, SIXTY FOUR km (40 miles) northeast of the capital Islamabad, a calamity hit house.
“For the primary time in 15 to twenty years such large choice of vacationers flocked to Murree, which created a big main issue,” Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Pakistan’s inner minister stated a video message.
The minister mentioned that round 1,000 cars had been caught within the hill station, a the city elevated from the nearby area, confirming that “16 to 19 deaths have happened in their cars.”
Military platoons and paramilitary forces were deployed to assist the civil management in rescue operations, he mentioned.
Late on Friday the government announced the closure of all roads leading to the station to forestall to any extent further influx of the tourists.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed surprise over the “tragic deaths” of the tourists. “Have ordered inquiry and setting up place robust regulations to make sure prevention of such tragedies,” Khan mentioned in a tweet.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry appealed to other folks to not seek advice from the hill station.
Snowfall, which started on Tuesday night time, continued at regular intervals, attracting thousands of visitors. due to huge numbers of tourists, many households ended up getting stranded on roads.
Local media pronounced that over ONE HUNDRED,000 vehicles entered the hill station.
Videos shared on social media confirmed entire households, including children, lying useless of their snow coated cars.
“Have Been the deaths because of cold or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning?,” Dr. Faheem Yonus, leader of infectious sicknesses on the University of Maryland UCH, stated in a tweet. “CO is odorless, deadly if an idling automotive is buried in snow, the blocked exhaust (silencer) can briefly kill the passengers as they breath CO.”
Officers have given no word on the causes of the deaths.