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Pakistan: Many dead as heavy snow traps drivers in their vehicles

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At least 21 people have died after heavy snow trapped them in their vehicles in northern Pakistan.

The military is attempting clear roads and rescue people still trapped near the hilltop town of Murree.

Around 1,000 vehicles were trapped on a highway during a blizzard, according to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid.

Murree is a mountain resort town north of the capital Islamabad. Local media reported on Friday that tourists were getting stranded due to snow.

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More than 100,000 cars had entered Murree in recent days to see the unusually heavy snowfall. This caused a huge traffic jam on roads leading in and out of the town, police told the AFP news agency.

The area has now been declared a “disaster area”, Punjab province chief minister’s office said, urging people to stay away.

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