Snow removed from Murree, main highway opened for traffic: NDMA, ISPR

By: News Desk      Published: 07:43 PM, 9 Jan, 2022
Snow removed from Murree, main highway opened for traffic: NDMA, ISPR

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Akhtar Nawaz on Sunday said snow was removed from Murree's main highways, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Due to the heavy snowfall, the roads are slippery and there is still snow on both sides.

In addition to slippery incidents, pedestrians are feared to be injured.

Citizens are urged to follow the instructions of the administration and traffic police while avoiding death.

Army engineers working on road connectivity now: ISPR

All major roads in Murree, including the Murree Expressway, have been cleared for traffic for the stranded tourists, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

After clearing major roads, Army engineers are now focusing on road connectivity.

Relief camps and medical facilities are fully operational. 

Meanwhile, Army transport is underway to relocate stranded tourists to Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

On the other side, following the clearance of the snow from Galyat Murree Road (a tourist spot of Abbottabad), the stranded tourists also started returning home.

As per the channel report, more than 5,000 tourists returned home. 

Tourists have been facing severe difficulties due to the closure of Murree Road due to snowfall.

Tourists returning home said that they had spent three or four days in severe difficulties.

The tourists said that there was nothing to eat and no place to stay.

The tourists also thanked the Pakistan Army for opening the Murree Road and assisting them.

On the other side, Sardar Taimoor, the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, who had been delivering food and other necessities to the tourists who had been stranded in Galyat for three days, said that he had provided all possible help to the tourists who spent three days in Galyat with Jamiat workers during difficult times.

After clearing snow from Galyat Murree Road, a tourist spot in Abbottabad, the tourists returned home and breathed a sigh of relief.

Reporters: Awais Kiyani, Saud Butt, Zubair Awan