Tragedy In Murree.

20 tourists that were left stranded in their vehicles during a snowstorm in Murree died and regretfully, it is feared that the death toll will only rise further as the ongoing rescue mission concludes. This speaks volumes of the gross negligence displayed by the authorities and the tourism industry alike. Needless to say, an inquiry into the matter is required so that questions pertaining to the lack of warnings, restrictions and accommodations can be answered.

Murree has always been an attractive travel destination for local tourists, especially during the holiday season. As of late however, the region has been overburdened by tourists who travel in throngs. Warnings were issued that it was operating beyond its capacity as 50,000 cars flooded an area only capable of facilitating 4000. All concerned authorities were urged to practice responsible tourism and redirect the flow of traffic to surrounding areas or to impose restrictions that limited the inflow of people into Murree.

Over 125,000 vehicles entered the city on Friday, causing a severe traffic jam that left countless sitting idle in their place. The excitement of witnessing snow quickly turned into dread as a fresh snowstorm led the temperatures to plummet below freezing temperatures, causing the stranded individuals to eventually succumb to death.

Surely the authorities must...

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