Murree was declared a disaster on Saturday after at least 21 people froze to death in cars stuck in the snow amid a massive influx of tourists. About 1,000 cars were covered in snow and people trapped inside. Many Pakistani celebrities shared the news on social media and expressed their shock and horror.
The victims included nine children.
Actor Saba Qamar took the news on Twitter and said: “I am heartbroken to see footage of Murree. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones.” She also advised her subscribers to check the weather forecast before any trip.
Faysal Quraishi also wrote a few words for the people who lost their lives and asked his followers to pray for the deceased souls. “Receive sad and disturbing videos from Muree and Galyat. About 20 people (local tourists), including women and children, have died due to extreme weather conditions. Aur jo wahan hain ALLAH pak madad farmaye aur apni amaan mey rakhay ameen [May Allah keep the people who are still there safe and help them]. “
Model Nadia Hussain and singer Meesha Shafi also shared the devastating news on Twitter.
Cricketer Shoaib Malik shared the news on Twitter and also prayed for the deceased.
Actor Armeena Khan, however, has drawn attention to mandatory travel restrictions and plans in place for such calamities.
“Where is the cold risk plan to mitigate such a risk?” This includes regulating traffic and “preparing” infrastructure to receive snowfall with adequate weather warning systems in place. My heart breaks for the families who have lost loved ones needlessly. “
Actor Osman Khalid Butt shared important information for anyone stuck in their car in the snow – never use your heater as this will reduce oxygen levels in the vehicle!
Actor Usman Mukhtar had a very important request from people: Stop sharing videos of the incident!
Prime Minister Imran Khan also tweeted how “shocked and upset” he was to learn of the tragic deaths.
He said an investigation had been opened and regulations would be put in place to prevent such a thing from happening again.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department had heavy snowfall forecast in Murree and Galiyat from January 6 to 9. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar declared Murree the disaster and imposed a state of emergency on hospitals, police stations, administrative offices and 1122 rescue services in the region.
More than 23,000 cars were evacuated from the area the day before and the rescue operation was underway, he said. Buzdar called on people to strictly follow the instructions given by the police and the district administration and to cooperate with them.