Karachi gets cyclone warning, 176 houses to be vacatedJune 10th, 2011 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Karachi, June 10 (IANS) Authorities in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi have declared 176 buildings unfit for living and asked people to vacate ahead of a cyclone likely to hit the coastal regions this weekend.
The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) conducted a thorough survey of buildings in the city and said the foundations of the 176 houses were in poor condition, posing threat to its residents, the Pakistan Press International (PPI) news agency reported.
The meteorological department has already said disturbed weather over the Arabian Sea could give rise to a tropical cyclone by the weekend.
Sindh’s Fisheries Minister Zahid Bhurgari said all fishermen have been told not to venture out in the open sea.
The cyclone was most likely to affect the coastal belts of Thatta, Badin and Karachi, he said. The city government has also began preparations for dealing with the impending disaster.
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