Heavy wind and rains killed seven people, damaged property and flooded homes in southern Pakistan, but the disaster Cyclone Phet threatened to bring was averted, officials said Monday. "The worst is over. Allah has saved us from a big catastrophe. Four people were killed in Karachi and three others in the town of Hyderabad," Saghir Ahmad, health minister for southern Sindh province, told AFP. Property was damaged in the towns of Thatta and Badin, and a small building collapsed in Karchi, he said. Children could be seen retrieving furniture and pouring out rainwater from shanty homes in Karachi. Chief meteorologist Mohammad Riaz said Cyclone Phet turned into a low depression after making landfall in Thatta and Badin, and moved towards Rajasthan in India. Pakistan's military said it air-lifted relief goods to southwestern coastal towns, including blankets, pillows and tents. Pakistan had battened down the hatches and prepared for an emergency after Cyclone Phet killed 15 people in Oman. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from vulnerable coastal villages in Sindh, but thousands more refused to abandon their homes. Hospitals in the Karachi area were also put on alert and medicines and tinned food stockpiled after meteorologists warned the cyclone might uproot power and communication lines along the coast.