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7 electrocuted in Pakistan as Cyclone Phet strikes Karachi

By the CNN Wire Staff
Pakistani onlookers throng the popular Seavies beach along the Arabian Sea as high tides lash its shores in Karachi on Friday.
Pakistani onlookers throng the popular Seavies beach along the Arabian Sea as high tides lash its shores in Karachi on Friday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: 7 electrocuted during heavy storms in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Cyclone Phet batters southwestern Pakistan
  • Storm dumps 10 inches of rain on Oman
RELATED TOPICS
  • Weather
  • Oman
  • Pakistan

(CNN) -- Seven people were electrocuted during heavy storms that hit the port city of Karachi after Cyclone Phet battered parts of southern Pakistan on Sunday, a provincial health chief told CNN.

Phet lashed Pakistan's southwestern coast early Sunday as it approached landfall. The Pakistani navy dispatched helicopters throughout the weekend to alert fishermen near Karachi and parts of Balochistan of the cyclone.

About 1,000 people were rescued from Gwadar by Pakistani authorities and taken to a navy shelter on Saturday. Dr. Sagheer Ahmed, health minister of Sindh province, had no other details on the electrocutions.

Also Saturday, officials safely brought 24 fishing boats and 129 fishermen back to shore, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

The navy remained on high alert Sunday, should they be needed in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Civilians along Pakistan's coast will receive priority in the relief effort, dubbed "Operation Madad," said Pakistani Chief of Naval Staff Adm. Nauman Bashir.

On Friday, Phet dumped up to 25 centimeters (10 inches) of rain on coastal Oman. It brought massive flooding to Muscat and whipped the capital with winds gusting above 200 kph (125 mph) at the height of the storm.

 
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