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Muree: Major highways cleared for traffic as hill city continues to recover from snowstorm tragedy

The hill station continues to recover from the blizzard tragedy in which more than 20 tourists, mostly trapped in their cars, died.

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Major highways have been cleared for traffic on Sunday as Murree continues to recover from the snowstorm tragedy.

Police, Rangers, Civil Defense, Rescue personnel, and district administration are reported to be engaged in the operation, while road maintenance work is also underway.

However, the roads leading to Murree from Islamabad and Rawalpindi will remain closed today, says traffic police spokesperson. 

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill shared the update on Murree’s condition in a tweet, saying all major arteries to Murree had been cleared for traffic.

“Around 600 to 700 cars were evacuated from the area last night,” he said, adding that Rawalpindi police, the district administration, and Pakistan Army soldiers worked through the night.

“Police officials are present on the roads leading to Murree from Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The roads will remain closed for today,” he said.

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Officials continue to work on clearing snow from roads in and around Murree a day after 22 people, including women and children, died in their vehicles trapped by heavy snowfall.

On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar went for an aerial survey of the snow-affected areas of Murree from his helicopter.

Accompanied by Punjab Law Minister Basharat Raja, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Information and Special Initiatives Hassan Khawar, the chief secretary and the ICP, CM Punjab lso reviewed relief and rescue work.

According to the Chief Minister’s Office, the relief commissioner and the senior member Board of Revenue briefed Buzdar on relief and rescue work.

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the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement shared on Saturday evening said that more than 300 people had been provided medical care by a team of army doctors and paramedics.

Meals were served to more than 1,000 stranded people in Jhika Gali, Kashmiri Bazar, Lower Topa, and Kuldana, the statement said.

“Stranded people have been accommodated and provided shelter with hot meals and tea at Military College Murree, Supply Depot, Army Public School, and Army Logistics School Kuldana,” it added.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.