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Summary: The number of people affected by cyclone Yemyin
and subsequent flooding in Baluchistan province, in southern Pakistan,
has rapidly increased to 800,000 across seven districts, with an
unconfirmed death toll of 24. Many towns and villages have been
inundated with flood waters, while houses have been washed away. There
is extensive damage to roads and bridges.
The weather has eased in the neighbouring province of Sindh,
but there is heavy flooding in 16 villages in Juhi union council in
Dadu district to the north of Karachi city. Karachi, where over 200
people reported died as a result of the severe storm on 23 June 2007,
is in clean up mode. However, there are ongoing health concerns due to
the lack of clean water.
The Pakistan Red Crescent Society is providing emergency relief
food and non-food items and emergency health care. The PRCS is being
supported by the Federation and the International Committee of the Red
Cross in its response.
The flooding and damage caused by cyclone Yemyin in the southern
Pakistan province of Baluchistan has now affected 800,000 people and
claimed about 24 lives(1). According to the Baluchistan Provincial
Relief Commissioner, seven districts have been affected by flooding –
the coastal districts of Kech and Gwadar, and the north-eastern
districts of Jalmugsi, Bolan, Lasbela, Nasirabad and Jaffarabad.
The cyclone struck the Baluchistan coast on Tuesday, 26th
June, and while it has dissipated, it resulted in torrential rain in
many areas. A severe storm on 23rd June caused over 200 deaths in
Karachi city, in the adjoining Sindh province, and also affected the
districts of Thatta and Dadu in Sindh.
The Baluchistan Provincial Relief Commissioner says there are
no official estimates of the number of people rendered homeless, but he
confirms 50,000 people have been evacuated from villages in the Kech
valley to Turbat.
(1) This is an unofficial figure based on media reports. The
Baluchistan Provincial Relief Commissioner’s office did not have an
official figure at the time of reporting.
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Reader Melissa Packard just wrote to inquire as to what organizations (besides the Red Cross) are organizing relief for those impacted by the Pakistani storms. I understand that relief is slow in coming, but I am looking into that now. There are reports that Pakistan refused relief from the U.N...?News coming out of this area is a bit disjointed...it's hard to tell what really is happening there. This is the latest news article I can find: Pakistani police have fired teargas to break up a protest by
angry cyclone survivors as rescuers struggled to reach communities cut
off by floods affecting 900,000 people. Continue here.
courtesy, NASA Earth Observatory. (
NASA image by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team at Goddard Space Flight Center).See NASA's write up on the storm here.
Well to be honest with you, my plans were to track Cyclone 03B. However, there was a total lack of information about the storm, even from Reuters. I assumed the storm had dissipated, hence the lack of information. However, Dr. Jeff Masters (Weather Underground) reports today that "India's Meteorological Department (IMD)... failed to
provide adequate warnings for [the] devastating tropical cyclone that hit
Pakistan. Masters says he won't make judgement until all the facts are in but as of right no w he "can't fathom any excuse that can account for what appears, at best, to be criminal incompetence". Hmmm...criminal incompetence? Those are some strong words there especially for Dr. Masters who is a conservative kind of guy. Weather Underground blogger Margie Kieper reports, "Cyclone 03B caused
devastation to coastal regions in Pakistan, leaving approximately
250,000 people homeless, mainly in the Balochistan area. There were
reports of people clinging to trees or on the roof of their homes, and
the government unable to rescue them or to provide food, water, or
shelter, as rains washed out roads and winds delayed access by
helicopter. There are also a number of missing boats, and news of
several rescues at sea". I'll be reporting more on this story as news filters in. In the meantime see Dr. Master's post here and Margie Kieper's View from the Surface post here.
Mumbai, June. 7 (PTI): Low-cost carrier
Air India Express has obtained special permission for its flights to
the Gulf to fly over Pakistan and Iran as a tropical storm in Oman has
damaged radars there, rendering it dangerous to fly on normal routes
over Omani airspace. See article at The Hindu.
Dubai, June 07: Fifteen people, including one Indian, were killed and
scores were injured, some of them seriously when a cyclone packed with
windspeed of 170 kmph pounded the Gulf region causing widespread
devastation in Oman and neighbouring Iran. Read Story Here.
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