At least 16 stranded snow-tourists die at Pakistan hill station

At least 16 tourists died in freezing temperatures after they were stranded in their cars in northern Pakistan, officials said Saturday, as thousands flocked to enjoy the snow.

With about 1,000 stuck vehicles, the government declared Morey, 64 km northeast of the capital, Islamabad, a disaster area.

“For the first time in 15 to 20 years, so many tourists have flocked to Mori, causing a great crisis,” Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said in a video message.

The minister said that about a thousand cars stopped at the hill station, which is a town higher than the neighboring area, stressing that “between 16 to 19 deaths occurred in their cars.”

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