Thunder at night: Karachi awaits Cyclone Phet

Cyclone Phet is steadily advancing towards Pakistan after hitting Oman and is currently 400 kilometres west of Karachi.


Express June 06, 2010

The initial effects of Cyclone Phet have left Karachi drenched Sunday morning, as reports of rainfall came in throughout the night.

According to the Met department winds of up to 100kph are expected to hit Karachi, and waves are expected to rise up to 3-5 meters.

The Meteorological Department has recorded 370 mm Rain in Gwadar, 208mm in Jiwani, 127mm in Pasni and 63mm recorded in Turbat during last 24 hours.

Earlier, the navy started evacuating residents to their units as sources claim that the effects of Cyclone Phet have left the local administration helpless on Saturday evening.

According to sources, five Navy platoons have been deployed to help those affected by the rains along the coastal belt.

Sources have also revealed that residents of dilapidated buildings in Clifton and Defence areas of Karachi are being evacuated.

Record breaking rains lashed the coastal areas of Balochistan as Cyclone Phet heads towards Karachi on Saturday. A bridge linking Sar bandr and Pushgan has washed away.

Director Met Office in Karachi Doctor Hanif has said that the cyclone is heading towards the city at a speed of 12 kilometers per hour.

Several homes have been washed away in Gwadar and many people have been injured. In Pasni, a dyke has collapsed due to heavy rains, and more than a 100 boats have been washed out to sea.

The Gwadar DCO has declared emergency in the district. Traffic in the coastal areas of Balochistan has been suspended and so have air services.

Rain has also started in area of Zero point 2 in Jaati. Fishermen who have been residing in the area for the past 10 days are facing many problems.

Threat to rural areas

Navy Commander Admiral Tayyab Dogar has said that cyclone Phet poses more threat to rural areas along the coast.

Addressing a press conference on relief operations, he confirmed that the navy has set up aid camps in Gawadar, Pasni and Gewani. A relief convoy will also leave for the said areas Saturday night to distribute aid goods among the local population.

He revealed that two commands of the Pakistan Navy are active in Karachi to meet any eventuality. He added that 70 per cent of the population has been evacuated from costal areas in Sindh.

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ita abdul | 11 years ago | Reply i'm pray for my sister and her family and all the people in Pakistan..amin..
Adnan | 11 years ago | Reply @ Hunain, We all are missing Syed Mustafa Kamal. Sir if you ever read this, we still consider you to be our Mayor. This city needs you, and the government knows this. This is the reason that you have been devoured of your powers.
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