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Murree weather update: Tourists stuck as Murree receives 10 inches of snow
- Web Desk
- Jan 31, 2024
MURREE: A heavy snowfall in the popular tourist destination of Murree has left tourists stranded, as the region received more than ten inches of snow in the last 24 hours on Wednesday.
According to the sources, the unexpected snowstorm has resulted in extensive traffic jams, with vehicles and engines breaking down on the icy roads. There is a long queue of vehicles on the Murree Expressway. Meanwhile, the National Highway Authority (NHA) is struggling to clear the roads of snow. Locals are also confined to their homes due to the intermittent snowfall.
As per sources, frequent power outages and rising prices in local hotels has exacerbated the situation for the tourists.
The meteorological department forecasts indicate that the snowfall and rain are expected to persist through the night and into Thursday. “Weather conditions in Murree continue to be challenging, with heavy rain and snowfall expected over the next 24 hours,” warned a spokesperson from the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). The spokesperson said that the administration is spreading salt on the roads to melt the snow.
Meanwhile, the Relief Commissioner Punjab Nabil Javed issued instructions to clear the snow on roads. He reassured the public that all institutions are working hard to resolve the issue.
The commissioner also urged tourists to check weather conditions before traveling to Murree.
Murree closed to tourists
In response to huge influx of tourists, Islamabad authorities have officially declared the closure of Murree within 17 miles of the city.
The decision, announced by District Commissioner Islamabad, Dr Irfan Mehmood, aims to manage the current traffic congestion within Murree effectively.
Dr Mehmood stated, “This decision was made in consultation with Murree authorities. Once the existing traffic congestion within the city diminishes, incoming tourists will be permitted to enter the region.”
The closure is part of a coordinated effort to regulate the high volume of visitors.
Residents residing within Murree and the surrounding areas will be allowed to exit upon presentation of their identity cards.
Police and district administration officers have been deployed at the 17-mile point to enforce the closure effectively.
The District Commissioner advised citizens against unnecessary travel to Murree during this period.