Karachi: Pakistan`s commercial capital
Karachi braced itself for cyclone Phet as meteorologists
warned that it could cause havoc and disrupt life in the
coastal areas near the city and in the Sindh province.
The Pakistan fisherfolk forum confirmed that at least
150 fishing trawlers and boats had gone missing and lost
contact with the Naval control room as the meteorological
department warned that the cyclone was gaining strength and is
900 kilometres away from Karachi.
Navy helicopters have launched search operation for
the missing fishermen.
Meteorological Department warned fishermen against
going to open sea and directed them to back up as soon as
The meteorological department has forecast heavy
rains, thunderstorms and tidal waves if the cyclone hits the
coastal areas with emergency declared in the coastal areas of
According to Met Department, the cyclone is assuming
more fury 900 kilometres to southwest of Karachi.
The ferocious hurricane would make landing at
Pakistan`s coastline after 24 hours, as it is likely to force
entry into Sindh coastal areas at night between Friday and
Under the influence of tropical cyclone formed in
Arabian Sea, Widespread rain associated with strong gusty
winds is also expected in Sindh including Makran coast between
Thursday to Saturday.
PHET is a Thai word pronounced as Pet, meaning
The Focal person of Disaster Management Committee
Fayyaz Abbasi said control rooms have been established in all
districts of Thatta and Badin.
DPO Thatta he said schools along with coastal area
have been converted into relief camps.
Qamaruz Zaman Siddiqui, the director-general of the
Pakistan meteorological department said that a clear position
on the intensity of the cyclone would emerge by tomorrow
"If as we expect it gains strength and turn
direction towards Karachi then it will be a severe
thunderstorm and badly hit the coastal areas of the interior
areas in particular," Zaman said.