Cyclone Phet Threat To Karachi: Approaching in Few Hours

Posted on June 5, 2010 Exclusive Videos, Top Story

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.

The Balochistan coast has in the meanwhile received lots of rain. Gwadar was lashed by a heavy 370 millimeters of rain while Pasni has received about 127 millimetres.

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.

Meanwhile, the Thatta area is being evacuated and although Phet has been downgraded to Category-1, the government isn’t taking any chances.

Karachi will start receiving rain Saturday evening, while the rest of Sindh will experience heavy rainfall all through Sunday and Monday.

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.