Thunder at night: Karachi awaits Cyclone Phet

Published: June 6, 2010
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The monsoon season has officially arrived in Pakistan.

The monsoon season has officially arrived in Pakistan.

The monsoon season has officially arrived in Pakistan. The monsoon season has officially arrived in Pakistan. Heavy showers cause waterlogging in Gwadar. Authorities issued a danger warning on June 4 over Cyclone Phet. PHOTO: AFP Policemen patrol on horseback at the popular Sea View Beach in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP People sit along Clifton Beach after being barred from entering the Arabian Sea as Phet cyclone approaches. PHOTO: REUTERS People sit along Clifton Beach after being barred from entering the Arabian Sea as Phet cyclone approaches. PHOTO: AFP

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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Reader Comments (16)

  • Jun 5, 2010 - 3:09PM

    Allah Khai karey….Recommend

  • A.S.Zara
    Jun 5, 2010 - 3:14PM

    May ALLAH take mecy on all of us. AameenRecommend

  • Kaleem
    Jun 5, 2010 - 3:42PM

    Is the weather on this website a joke? It currently states Karachi as being bright and sunny with some rain tomorrow and the day after. With a cyclone looming on our coast for the past 24 hours atleast have the weather service updated to reflect hourly forecasts for the current day instead of the current 4 – 6 times a day that it seems to be giving. Recommend

  • S.A.R.A
    Jun 5, 2010 - 4:40PM

    We are unable to perceive the damage PHET can cause to Pakistan!Recommend

  • It’s getting cloudy here in Karachi…

    I think the storm may or may not be severe…

    In any case, I pray that God save us from any ugly situation.Recommend

  • Jasim Baloch
    Jun 5, 2010 - 9:09PM

    the Conference of Navy Commander Admiral Tayyab Dogar is Based on Fake, the People of Makran Coastal area have not received any help from Government yet. Recommend

  • babar
    Jun 5, 2010 - 10:20PM

    Two thunder on the sky of karachi. winds are coming from the east and are fast,,, no rain yetRecommend

  • It started drizzling here in Karachi now…(Time: 12:20 am Sunday)Recommend

  • mik
    Jun 6, 2010 - 2:37AM

    its raining like a **** right about now…Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 2:44AM

    It’s pouring rain here in Bahadurabad area of Karachi … Electricity went out as soon as the rains started … Right now the time is 2:39 AM.

    Everybody pray that Allah have mercy upon our souls body and wealth. As for those of you praying to the saints or relying on their presence to save you, you are in for one heck of a reality check and as for those praying to Allah, no harm shall befall you (INSHA ALLAH)

    Repent and pray to Allah The Almighty!Recommend

  • Asif Shar
    Jun 6, 2010 - 4:31AM

    Heavy Rain is going on along with heavy wind, God Bless Karachi!Recommend

  • Jun 6, 2010 - 12:36PM

    After the rainfall, Water is standing at many places and NO representative of the administrative govt is there..My mom was watching TV just now and she was so sad, ended up saying ‘IF Mustafa was the city nazim, he would had been going here and there and atleast would try to solve the problems’

    I really am missing Mustufa Kamal !Recommend

  • SAIF UR REHMAN
    Jun 6, 2010 - 12:58PM

    THE REAL THREAT STILL POSSES TO KARACHI AS CYCLONE PHET HEADING TOWARDS IT WITH STRONG WINDS AND INTENSITY SO VERY HEAVY RAINS ARE PREDICTED ACCORDING TO THE MET ALL OVER THE WORLD………..KARACHI IS DIRECT HIT……..SO PRAY.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 5:09PM

    Dear Rachel Viccajee,

    Thank you for showing everyone viewing this article your educational and family background.

    Regardless of that, i shall respond. If you had carefully read what i wrote, you would have been able to comprehend that the priority level is in the order of which the words appear, that is:

    Soul
    Body
    Wealth

    Yes, i do turn to God every now and then and ask him to have mercy upon me and my material possessions, but i don’t think it is such a heinous crime.

    Further i would like to assure you that i am for real and just to clear some of your misconceptions, Biology dictates that what you mentioned cannot be done with a tree, but if you have tried that then kindly write an article on the same so as to enlighten the rest of the world with your hopefully pleasant experience. Who knows, you might give being a tree lover a whole new meaning :)Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 5:39PM

    @ 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.Recommend

  • ita abdul
    Jun 7, 2010 - 6:31PM

    i’m pray for my sister and her family and all the people in Pakistan..amin..Recommend

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