A moderate earthquake struck northwest Pakistan on Saturday, causing panic in towns and cities, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, an official shared.
Mohammad Riaz, a senior scientist at the Pakistan Meteorological Department, shared the magnitude 6.0 earthquake was felt in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Swat Valley, and several nearby areas. The epicenter was located in the Hindu Kush in neighboring Afghanistan. Peshawar is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province which borders Afghanistan. On June 12, 2014, mild tremors of magnitude 4.3 on Richter scale were also felt in Shangla District.
More than thirty villages of Sindh and the Makran coastal belt have been submerged by the high tide in the Arabian Sea, preceding a cyclone that was predicted to hit the coast of Oman on June 15.
The protective embankment of Keti Bunder in Thatta was damaged due to which several villages in Keti Bander, Kharochhan, and Ghorabari were flooded which includes the villages of Esa Khaskheli, Usman Khaskheli, Siddique Ronjho, Arif Samo, Allah Dito Sahito, Ahmed Jatt and others in Kharo Chhan, Hashim Rajwani, Muhammad Hussain Chandio, Qadir Bakhsh Sakhani and Yousuf Dablo in Keti Bunder and Aarib Mallah, Bachayo Mallah, Ahmed Sodai and Idrees Gagwani in Ghora Bari.
In Balochistan Sea water has entered Dam, Sonmiani, Gadani shipyard, and several other coastal areas. As many as 25 boats were damaged when waves hit the beach in Jewani area along the Balochistan coast.
The villagers, savvy of the regular tidal onslaught during this time of the year, evacuated to dry land after their villages started to submerge.
For the last ten hours the tropical cyclone Nanauk remained stationary about 620 km southwest of Karachi, Radio Pakistan reported. The cyclone is reportedly likely to move toward the north-easterly direction and weaken during the next 24 hours, with maximum sustained speeds of approximately 30-40 knots.
Currently CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with local partners and concerned government departments. Should any need arise, CWS-P/A emergency teams are ready to initiate a response program.