Galyat Development Authority (GDA) director general has said no casualties were reported in Galyat due to the best arrangements during the heavy snowfall. He added that heavy machinery has started work for the rehabilitation of roads in Galyat. GDA spokesperson said the roads of Galyat would be restored for traffic soon.
All tourists are safe and we are providing facilities to the tourists and locals as well, he added. Abbottabad Deputy Abbottabad Nadeem Nasir told to media that more than 7,000 tourist vehicles that were trapped in landslides and snow were rescued.
He added said that GDA machinery has started clearance of landslides, and snow from the roads. District administration also requested to avoid traveling towards Galyat till the road is restored.
According to the traffic police from Bagnutar to Barian due to heavy snowfall, landslides and tree felling in some areas main Murree Road and other connecting roads are facing blockage.
On Saturday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Department on Saturday announced that Galyat is completely closed for next two days due to rains and snowfall.
In a tweet, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism Development Project (KITE), Department of Tourism appealed to tourists to take care and do not travel to Galyat for the next two days.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2022.