Pakistan Navy gears up as Phet hits Oman

Published: June 4, 2010
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High waves in Muscat before Cyclone Phet hit Oman. PHOTO: AFP

High waves in Muscat before Cyclone Phet hit Oman. PHOTO: AFP

High waves in Muscat before Cyclone Phet hit Oman. PHOTO: AFP Clouds loom over Muscat before Cyclone Phet hit the Omani coast. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy is gearing itself for any eventuality as Cyclone Phet has hit the shores of Oman.

The cyclone is currently about 850 kilometres off the Pakistan coast and is expected to make landfall on Sunday.

The meteorological department downgraded Cyclone Phet to a Category-2 yesterday, adding that the cyclone is expected to become weaker before it hits Pakistan.

Director of the Cyclone Warning Center – Sarfraz Ahmed – said though the cyclone is expected to hit Karachi, it seems unlikely it will hit Gwadar, adding it might cause rains there.

Meanwhile, speaking to Express News, DCO Thatta confirmed that 7,000 poeple residing on the marine belt of Thatta have been evacuated to relief camps in wake of the impending disaster.

Cyclone Phet eased as it hits Oman

The force of Cyclone Phet is reported to have eased and its path has taken a diversion to the right of Masirah, which is an island off the east of Oman.

Officials in Oman said it is now moving eastwards towards the Sharqiyah region.

The cyclone has weakened after the speed of the wind in its center reduced by 30 kilometers per hour, but warnings have not changed.

Coastal communities along the entire eastern seaboard of the Sultunate, extending from Sur to Duqm steeled themselves for the cyclone’s onslaught. The Category 2 storm is packing winds of 140 kilometres per hour at its centre.

It slammed into the Sultanate’s east coast between Masirah Island and Ras al Hadd this morning.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Jun 4, 2010 - 1:42PM

    Sky getting darker…Recommend

  • Jun 4, 2010 - 1:56PM

    All people to request about cyclone path,
    sare pakistanio ko mein ye kehna chahata, k wo apne dil he dil me ye duwa pare ( laila ha illa anta subhanake enni kuntum menazzalimeen) inshallah mushkil aasan hogi,Recommend

  • BABAR
    Jun 4, 2010 - 2:30PM

    I have checked the GFS model they r predicting another cyclone named “Giri” that will hit Gujarat and Karachi in late June!!!!!!Recommend

  • No Rain In Karachi Yet…

    But it’s a bit cloudy now…Recommend

  • Faheem
    Jun 4, 2010 - 3:03PM

    ziada say zida astaghfar parhen plzRecommend

  • Muzammil
    Jun 5, 2010 - 1:40AM

    Recite Aayate Karima as much as possible **” La Illaha Illa Anta Subhanaka Inni Kunto Minazzalimin”.** People of Karachi and Pakistan must also think and understand why Azab e Illahi is targetting them. From the northern region Hunza lake and from the southern region this massive Cyclone.If our people can follow “Qoum-e-Yunus” and pray for Allah’s mercy then Insha Allah this Azab from both northern and southern region will be taken away by Allah S.W.T. Aameen.Recommend

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