MURREE: All main roads in the disaster-stricken Murree hill station have been cleared for all types of traffic, including the Kuldana-Barian road, while efforts to evacuate stranded tourists are also underway the media branch of the military said on Sunday.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that all major communication arteries in Murree have been cleared for all types of relocations, including Kuldana-Barian Road.
“After major roads have been cleared, army engineers are now focusing on road links.” Relief camps and medical facilities are fully functioning and army transport is moving stranded tourists to Rawalpindi and Islamabad, ISPR added.
ISPR #Wall Update of the situation
All the main communication arteries have been cleared for all types of move.
Rd Kuldana – Barian has also been cleared.
After the demining of the main roads, the engineers of the army now concentrate on the road links. pic.twitter.com/cyr62g9y2Z
– Malik Ali Raza (@MalikAliiRaza) January 9, 2022
In addition, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) personnel are actively participating in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in Murree.
Air Force officials have moved more than 100 stranded tourists, including women and children, to the PAF base in Kalabagh and the base in Lower Topa.
Tourists have moved to safer places
Earlier today, the chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lt. Gen. Akhtar Nawaz, said all stranded tourists had been moved to safer locations from the disaster area of Murree.
Speaking exclusively to ARY News, the NDMA chairman said 371 tourists had been moved to relief camps set up by the Pakistani military before dark.
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Lt. Gen. Akhtar Nawaz said the Pakistani military collaborated with the civilian administration in the evacuation operation. Responding to a question, he said nearly 90% of the roads in Murree have been reopened to blocked traffic due to heavy snowfall.
Relief works are underway on Barian Road and on the road to Abbottabad, he added. He said the control room, under the supervision of Commissioner Rawalpindi, was also established in Murree to provide assistance to stranded tourists.
Lt. Gen. Akhtar Nawaz Satti said the emerging situation is very difficult and NDMA is taking all possible measures to normalize the situation.
The tragedy of the murres
At least 22 tourists stranded in their vehicles due to heavy snowfall died from the extreme weather conditions in Murree on Friday evening.
According to a report on the Murree tragedy presented to Punjabi Chief Minister Usman Buzdar by the Rawalpindi administration, more than 100,000 vehicles have entered Murree in the past three days. 12,000 of them got out of the mountain station while the rest got stuck.
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The report said Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (PMD) had failed to alert the district administration to the unprecedented snowfall that the hilly region was going to receive.
The death toll has climbed to 22 as a rescue and evacuation operation is underway in the hilly area. The deceased tourists came from Karachi, Lahore, Mardan and other cities.
Murree received five feet of snow, he added, adding that the roads leading to the hill station were closed on the night of January 6 and people were advised to avoid traveling to the area. , but the large number of tourists got there.