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Cyclone adds to Pakistan misery
Pakistani woman sits outside her collapsed mud house in Karachi, 25 June 2007
Many people have been left with nowhere to live
Thousands of people have been evacuated from along Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast to escape a cyclone which is bringing more chaos to the south of the country.

The navy is searching for a number of boats missing or sunk in the storms.

Officials say cyclone Yemyin is losing strength and has now hit Balochistan province, sparing much of Karachi.

Heavy rain in Pakistan's biggest city in recent days has left at least 200 dead. Reports of damage to coastal areas near Karachi are still coming in.

Emergency

Cyclone Yemyin made landfall in Balochistan province at about 1100 local time (0600 GMT) on Tuesday, bringing rain, flooding and winds of up to 80mph (130 kph).

It was the worst storm I have seen in my life
Arman Sabir
Karachi resident

Officials say that several people have been killed and many were missing on Tuesday.

They say that while the storm's intensity is decreasing, heavy rain will continue for the next few hours along different parts of Pakistan's southern coast.

Heavy flooding has been reported in and around the town of Pasni, about 400km (250 miles) west of Karachi, and water has also washed away part of the coastal highway linking southern Balochistan with the rest of the country.

Fishermen say more than 200 fishing boats anchored along the coast have been destroyed in the storms.

Warnings of coastal flooding have prompted many people to leave their homes.

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The mayor of the port of Gwadar said most of its 120,000 residents had moved to higher ground.

"We have imposed an emergency in the district and asked the army and other forces to be on alert," Mayor Abdul Ghaffar Hoth told the Associated Press news agency.

Unconfirmed reports say a number of Hindu pilgrims may have been killed in the heavy rains in Lasbella district as they travelled to a shrine.

Out to sea, Pakistan Navy vessels and helicopters are searching for dozens of people reported missing in the storms.

A navy spokesman said at least one fishing trawler had sunk and its 12 crew members had been rescued by a navy vessel.

Destruction

Days of heavy rain in southern India and Pakistan have left several hundred people dead.

Destroyed billboards, Karachi.

Much of Karachi, which has been worst hit by the weather, is still without power and water.

Officials have been evacuating residents from shanty towns in the city, where badly-built homes collapsed or were washed away by the torrential rain.

More than 140 have been killed in the rains in India, where people are also being moved from low-lying areas with more flooding forecast in many areas.

There have also been a number of deaths in Afghanistan.


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