In a race against time, authorities in Karachi are closely monitoring the approaching Cyclone Biparjoy, as the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) warns of its intensification over the next 24 hours. As the storm inches closer to the coastal areas of the country in the south, precautionary measures are being taken to mitigate potential damages and ensure the safety of the residents.
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Cyclone’s Proximity to Karachi Raises Concerns
The PMD reports a decrease in the distance between Cyclone Biparjoy and Karachi, heightening the risk of strong winds, showers, and thundershowers in the city due to the impending storm. Currently, the cyclone is positioned approximately 760 km south of Karachi, 740 km from Thatta, and 840 km from Ormara.
NDMA Provides Updates on Cyclone Biparjoy
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) spokesperson, Cyclone Biparjoy, categorized as a “very severe cyclone,” is located in the Northern Indian Ocean and has sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour. The cyclone is expected to maintain this intensity as it progresses.
The NDMA emphasizes that the situation is still evolving and further development of the cyclone will determine its impact. Continuous updates and vigilance are crucial in dealing with the potential consequences of this weather phenomenon.
PMD’s Analysis of Cyclone Biparjoy
The PMD sheds light on the specifics of Cyclone Biparjoy, stating that winds are currently blowing at a speed of 150 to 160 km/h near the center of the storm, with accompanying winds exceeding 180 km/h. Unusually high wave heights, reaching up to 40 feet, have also been observed.
Favorable atmospheric conditions, with temperatures ranging from 30 to 32 degrees Celsius and vertical upper-level winds, are contributing to the sustained intensity of the cyclone. The PMD predicts that the cyclone might track further northward by the morning of June 14, subsequently turning northeast and crossing the region between Keti Bandar (southeast Sindh) and India.
Anticipated Impacts and Precautionary Measures
The PMD anticipates that on the afternoon of June 15, Cyclone Biparjoy will reach the coast of the Indian state of Gujarat in a very severe form. Along the coast of Southeast Sindh, widespread winds, dust storms, or thunderstorms are expected, while gusty winds ranging from 80 to 100 km/h could potentially damage vulnerable properties.
The cyclone brings the possibility of rain with thunder in the districts of Thatta, Sajawal, Badin, Tharparkar, and Umarkot between June 13 and 17. Additionally, there is a chance of rain in Karachi, Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tandwalhiar, and Mirpurkhas districts on June 13 and 16. Winds with speeds of 60 to 80 km/h are expected, and the warning issued advises that such strong winds may cause damage to structures like mud houses.
Safety Precautions and Official Advice
In light of the approaching cyclone, the NDMA has urged the public to stay away from shorelines and follow the guidance of local authorities in emergency situations. Fishing communities have been instructed to halt operations for the next five days as a precautionary measure.
Impact of the Cyclone on Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Districts
Meanwhile, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) districts of Bannu, Karak, and Lakki Marwat have already experienced the wrath of powerful storms. As of now, 27 people have been reported dead, and 146 others have sustained injuries, according to the local disaster management authority.
The affected districts have witnessed the destruction of homes, uprooted trees, and electricity pylons, leaving numerous individuals stranded. Approximately 69 houses have suffered partial damage, and efforts are underway to provide relief and assistance to the victims. The provincial government is working diligently to ensure that aid reaches those in need.
To support the affected areas, the K-P government has released Rs40 million, as instructed by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). Close coordination between the PDMA and the district administrations will facilitate the provision of aid to the affected individuals, in line with government policies.
In the face of these challenging circumstances, the authorities are working tirelessly to protect lives, minimize damage, and provide necessary assistance to the affected regions. Stay tuned for further updates and heed the advice of local authorities to ensure your safety during this critical time.