More than twenty people have died in the area of the resort town of Murri in the Pakistani province of Punjab. Their cars were buried under the snow as a result of intense rainfall, informs BBC.
According to local authorities, 21 deaths have been confirmed. The police added that at least six of them died from hypothermia. Carbon monoxide poisoning is also considered a possible cause of death.
In total, about 1,000 cars were covered with snow, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said. The Murri area has been declared a disaster area. The military is taking part in the rescue operation.
In recent days, more than 100 thousand vehicles with tourists have arrived in the vicinity of the mountain resort of Murri, who were going to watch the unusually heavy snowfall. According to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the resort has not seen such a number of tourists for the last 15-20 years.
Due to the abundant precipitation in the region, the work of the gas supply and water supply systems was disrupted.