CM Punjab announces ‘emergency’ in Murree due to heavy snowfall

Help of civil armed forces sought to evacuate stranded tourists in Murree, Galiyat: Rashid

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Lahore: Punjab government has declared Murree a calamity hit the area in view of the situation arising there because of heavy snowfall.

In a statement, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar announced to impose an emergency in Murree.

In view of the situation, emergency has been declared in all the important departments including police, administration, rescue 1122, and hospitals.

Usman Buzdar said that evacuating the stranded tourists is our top priority.  He said that rest houses and other public sector places have been opened in Murree and adjoining areas.  He said the tourists are being provided with necessary relief items including food items.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said that the help of civil armed forces has been sought to evacuate the stranded tourists in Murree and Galiyat.

In a video message, he asked the locals to come forward for the help of stranded tourists. He said given the presence of a large number of tourists in these areas, we have closed all routes to Murree.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has reached Murree to supervise relief and evacuation activities.

In another video statement, he said there have been sixteen to nineteen deaths due to snowfall in Murree.

The Minister said efforts are underway to evacuate stranded tourists. He said the entire administration of Rawalpindi and Islamabad is engaged in these efforts

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Mahmood Khan has directed the concerned to shift all rain and snowfall hit people to shelter homes.

In a statement in Peshawar today [Saturday], he said the arrangements should be made for their residences and provide facilities immediately.

Meanwhile, relief activities in rainy and snowfall hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are underway.

According to Special Assistant to Chief Minister on information and public relation, Barrister Muhammad Ali Sai Seventy-Five thousand vehicles have been rescued.

He said Rescue 1122 and Galiyat Development Authority are still working to rescue the tourists in the snow-hit areas.

In another statement, Deputy Commissioner Abbottabad said heavy machinery has been deployed on Murree-Abbottabad road to remove snow.

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