WHILE Cyclone Phet was yet on its way to Pakistan, its coastal areas had begun feeling its impact in the form of all-time high record torrential rains, creating a flood like situation there and posing a big challenge to the Navy and the government. Gwadar has already received a rainfall of 370mm (about 15 inches). The Navy certainly has done a good job in transporting hundreds of fishermen to safer places. However, still the task remains colossal, and as the cyclone surges ahead in the Arabian Sea, serious damage is likely to occur. Thousands of people have been displaced and are in desperate need of help. A number of people stranded because of flooding need to be rescued on an emergency basis. Overall, the damage is by no means small. The river like scene in most of the towns off Pakistan's southern coast is indicative of the fact that life has come to a standstill. The worrying forecast is that the torrential rains are not going to go away soon and are likely to create a new record almost everywhere. This would have most disastrous consequences. The authorities must ensure all help to the needy, and as all floodwater is not going to recede to the sea, the government must ensure rehabilitation of the affected population. Fortunately, the intensity of the cyclone is likely to get reduced with time, and so far the damage done to Karachi has been limited, but like the rest of the coastal areas it has also been targeted by torrential rains. Consequently, it is up to the district government to ensure that the citizens are kept out of the harm's way. Already nine people have died because of electrocution and many more injured owing to heavy rains. Efficient rescue and rehabilitation efforts by the authorities can still make a difference.