Pakistan

Pakistan - Cyclone OCHA Situation Report No. 1

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Situation Report
Source
Posted
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0061
Pakistan - Cyclone
OCHA-Geneva Situation Report No. 1
25 May 1999

1. The United Nations Resident Coordinator reports that a cyclone has hit the coastal towns of Thatta, Badin, Hyderabad, Tharparker, Umer Kot and Mirpur in southern Pakistan on 20 May 1999. Thousands of people have reportedly been affected by the tidal waves, and standing crops have been badly damaged. The communication system has completely broken down. The districts of Thatta and Badin, inhabited mostly by fishermen, were the worst affected and have been declared as "calamity hit" areas. The tentative details of damages in these two districts obtained from the Emergency Relief Cell of the Cabinet Division of the Government of Pakistan are as follows:

Item
Thatta
Badin
Number of lives lost
87
29
Population affected
307,000
350,000
Villages affected
3
3
Shelters established
13
13
Number of people in shelters
8,590
10,000

2. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the cyclone has moved into the western part of Indian Rajhistan, has weakened significantly and is likely to become a depression. However, more rains/thunder storms associated with gusty winds of 25-40 knots are expected over Khairpur and Sukkar regions and southern Punjab, while moderate rains are also expected elsewhere in Sindh and Punjab.

3. The Army and Navy are assisting the administration in taking necessary relief and rescue measures in the affected areas.

4. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office, who is monitoring the situation with the Emergency Relief Cell of the Cabinet Division. No request for international assistance has so far been made.

5. This situation report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

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