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Thousands flee as cyclone hits Pakistan coast

June 26, 2007

Associated Press
QUETTA, Pakistan – Ten people drowned and thousands fled to higher ground today as a tropical cyclone lashed Pakistan's coastline with heavy rains and high winds, officials said.
Navy ships rescued 75 people from four foundering vessels and were searching for more boats caught in the rough seas, said navy spokesman Lt.-Com. Salman Ali.
Cyclone Yemyin hit parts of the coastline of Baluchistan province at about noon today with winds of up to 90 kilometres an hour, said Qamaruz Zaman, director-general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.
Rain-swollen rivers flooded several coastal districts, killing at least 10 people, including four children, said Raziq Bugti, spokesman for the provincial government.
Floods washed away some bridges and part of the main coastal highway, causing lengthy traffic delays. Hundreds of villagers clutching possessions filed past on foot.
In the hills, spillways were opened to release the water pressure on two dangerously full dams, Bugti said.

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