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After a deadly snowstorm, the Army cleans up roads around a snow-covered Pakistani town

Army rescue teams cleared a route around a Pakistani hill town on Sunday, protecting thousands of tourists after 22 people were killed in a vehicle trapped in heavy snow.

About 70 km (45 miles) northeast of Islamabad, the resort town of Murry was flooded with tourists and day trips last week after the extraordinary heavy snow turned into a winter wonderland.

However, snowstorms after Friday felled trees and blocked narrow roads to and from the town. This road sticks to steep hills and valleys at an altitude of 2,300 meters (7,500 feet).

“It wasn’t snow, it wasn’t heavy snow. It was an unprecedented 4-5 feet in a few hours,” Tariq Ullah, a nearby Natsia Gali administrator, told AFP on Sunday.

“(I) have never seen such a big snowstorm in my life. There were strong winds, uprooted trees, avalanches. People around me were frightened and each suffered themselves. I had it. “

By Friday, nearly 100,000 visitors had hit the town in thousands of vehicles, causing huge traffic jams even before a snowstorm, officials said.

They said 22 people died in a car trapped in snow on Friday night-carbon monoxide poisoning from exhaust fumes produced by drivers driving the engine to keep it cold or warm. either.

– ‘sleepy’ –

They contained 10 children. The six died with their mother, father and senior police officer.

“We switch on the heater and go to sleep,” Dawn said on his last call to his son in the capital, citing Deputy Inspector Naved Ikubal.

He was buried with his family late Saturday at a ceremony attended by hundreds of police officers.

On Sunday, near Marie, a stable stream of people driving and walking from the smashed Kurdana was on their way.

Many vehicles were stuck on the side of the road, the hood opened, drained the battery during the trial, activated the heater, and then waited for the jump start.

There was a pile of garbage where the car spent a cold night.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was shocked and upset by the tragedy, but said the unprecedented snowfall and flood of people “caught an unprepared district administrator.”

However, several Pakistani newspapers infuriated managers on Sunday, saying the national meteorological bureau warned that a snowstorm was approaching as early as January 6.

“All authorities are especially advised to maintain’ALERT’during the forecast period,” the National Weather Forecast Center said Thursday, “heavy snow” could cause road closures in Marie and elsewhere. He added that he had sex.

-Investigation promised-

Authorities have promised an investigation.

“Our top priority is rescue, which is continuous, then rescue,” Punjab state government spokesman Hasarn Kawal said on a Twitter page on Sunday.

“Then, high-level investigations will be initiated and, in the event of any negligence, action will be taken against all involved.”

A Pakistani military spokesman said he had pulled all survivors out of a car trapped along the route to Marie and took them to a shelter set up in the town.

More than 1,000 abandoned vehicles along the route hampered bulldozer efforts to remove snow from the road, it said, and in some areas the military used shovels.

Until the weekend, Pakistan’s social media featured photos and videos of people playing in the snow around Marie, a picturesque resort town built by the British in the 19th century as a colonial sanatorium. It was full.

Authorities warned as early as last weekend that too many cars were about to enter the town, but still couldn’t discourage hordes of day trips from the capital.

Many Pakistanis on social media on Sunday urged Marie hotel owners and guesthouse owners to exacerbate the problem with price cuts and encourage stranded people to spend the night in the car instead of paying for the room. I complained that I did.

“The situation would have been different if the locals and the hotel had worked together, but Marie’s locals’ reputation and behavior are very bad in this regard,” a senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

However, there were reports that locals were opening their homes to stranded tourists and providing food and blankets to those caught outdoors.

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