22 tourists freeze to death in a car in a Pakistani snowstorm


Officials confirmed Saturday that a blizzard struck the mountain resort of Marie in northern Pakistan, killing at least 22 people while still trapped in a car.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said more than 1,000 cars were stranded in a snowstorm that struck a scenic town about 40 miles (64 km) northeast of the capital Islamabad.

The minister added that the government has begun rescue operations for those who remain trapped, and has mobilized troops to clear roads and support missions.

Police spokespersons and local media reports that more than 100,000 vehicles have invaded mountain resorts over the past few days, seeing huge snowfalls and causing heavy traffic jams on roads in and out of town. I did.

“For the first time in 15 to 20 years, such a large number of tourists gathered in Marie, causing a major crisis,” Ahmed said in a video message.

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In this photo, provided by the Inter-Services Public Relations Office, the military participated in a rescue operation on January 8, 2022, in a region hit by heavy snow in Marie, about 28 miles north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan. I am. Inter-Services Public Relations Bureau via AP)
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This photo, provided by the Inter-Services Public Relations Office, walks past a vehicle trapped in a heavy snowfall area in Marie, about 28 miles north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan, on January 8, 2022. (Public Relations via Inter-Services Public Relations Bureau AP)
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In this photo, provided by the Inter-Services Public Relations Office, members of the armed forces participated in relief efforts on January 8, 2022, in a region hit by heavy snowfall in Marie, about 28 miles north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan. doing. Inter-Services Public Relations Bureau via AP)

Late Friday, the government announced the closure of all roads leading to summer resorts to prevent further influx of tourists.

The district’s rescue crew, Abdul Lehmann, confirmed that 22 tourists had seen a surge in deaths while rescue operations in the hills were still underway. The Associated Press reported that some of the victims so far have been 10 children and 2 women.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan statement On social media, he is “shocked and upset” by the “tragic death” of about 12 tourists traveling to Marie.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will speak at a joint press conference with the President of Afghanistan at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on November 19, 2020. (WakilKohsar / AFP via Getty Images)

“Unprecedented snowfall and rush [people] Continuing without checking the weather conditions, the district manager wasn’t ready, “Khan said,” ordering. [an] With inquiries [is] Introduce strong regulations to ensure [the] Prevention of such tragedy. “

Ahmed said in a video conference that it had snowed more than four feet in the area late Friday. Officials said later on Saturday that many of the roads leading to resorts in the area were mostly covered with snow, but some work is still underway.

Authorities urged people not to visit summer resorts.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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