At least 21 people are said to have died after being buried under a blanket of snow in their vehicles in Pakistan’s Murree, a mountain resort town (popular tourist destination) located in the north of Islamabad.
According to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, around 1,000 vehicles were trapped on a highway during a blizzard.
Over 100,000 vehicles had entered Murree in recent days to witness the unusually heavy snowfall. This caused a massive traffic jam on roads leading into and out of town, as per reports.
The military is working to clear roads and rescue people who are still stranded near the hilltop town of Murree.
The area has now been declared a “disaster area,” according to the Punjab province chief minister’s office, and residents are urged to avoid it.
The government has declared an emergency in the area due to heavy snowfall and hardship faced by locals as well as tourists, causing many deaths.
The government has also urged citizens to cancel their travel plans to avoid risking their own and their loved ones’ lives.