Rescue, relief operation underway to evacuate stranded tourists in Murree

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrrukh Habib says the rescue and relief operation is underway to evacuate stranded tourists in Murree.

Talking to private news channel, he said Expressway (N-75) from Murree to Islamabad has been cleared for traffic.

He said rescue teams are busy to provide food, warm clothes, blankets and other necessities to the stranded tourists.

Pakistan Army troops have checked all stranded vehicles in Murree and shifted the affected people to relief camps.

According to ISPR, the Military Engineers troops and dozers are working to clear snow on Jheeka Gali-Kuldanna and Kuldanna-Barian roads.

Ten stranded dead bodies were also recovered from the vehicles.

About 3000 tourists were rescued in assistance with locals and Rescue 1122 and they were provided with food, water and first aid.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has again urged people to avoid visits to hilly areas in these days as all roads leading to Murree would remain closed till 9 pm today.

Talking to a private news channel, he said local residents can go to their houses by showing their Identity cards.

The Interior Minister said Punjab government has opened all rest houses to help the stranded tourists in Murree.

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