Snow-trapped tourists rescued

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At least twelve tourist students have been rescued by the authorities in the Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir who were trapped in heavy snowfall. All students who belonged to the Punjab University were visiting Kel the area of Neelam Valley when they were stranded due to heavy snowfall.

However, the rescue officials managed to reach the snow-blanketed spot and evacuated the students successfully. All students have been moved to the guest house safely. Some roads were reopened after they were cleared of snow but others remained closed, either because of icy conditions or ongoing clearance work.

Earlier, a group of around 230 tourists found themselves stranded in heavy snow at the Pir Chinasi tourist resort in Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The tourists who had been visiting the popular high-altitude resort were unable to leave due to the severe weather conditions. Authorities sprang into action, launching a rescue mission to safely evacuate the tourists from the resort.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the present weather spell is likely to continue for a couple of days over the upper parts of the country. The Met Office has forecast more snowfall over KP, Punjab, Kashmir.