PMD Declares Tropical Cyclone to Hit Karachi on Friday

People are being moved out of 40 “extremely dangerous” homes in Karachi today. DHA is also asking residents to lock their basement windows and doors.

PMD Declares Tropical Cyclone to Hit Karachi on Friday
PMD Declares Tropical Cyclone to Hit Karachi on Friday

On Sunday, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that Cyclone Biparjoy, a “very severe cyclonic storm,” is over the east-central Arabian Sea. It is about 840 kilometers south of Karachi, 830 kilometers south of Thatta, and 930 kilometers southeast of Ormara. It is “staying strong.” PMD said that this particular Karachi Cyclone might hit on Friday.

Maximum continuous winds on Biparjoy are between 130 and 140 kph, and the giant waves are between 7.5 and 8.5 meters high.

Meteorologists say that Biparjoy could become an “extremely severe cyclonic storm.”

The Pakistan Meteorological Department says it is “most likely” that Biparjoy will move in a north-northeast direction towards the coast of Southeast Sindh and Indian Gujarat.

Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Sunday that plans had been made to remove people if they needed to because Cyclone Biparjoy could cause heavy rains in Thatta, Badin, Sujawal, Karachi, and other coastal areas of the province.

At the press meeting after the budget was passed, the chief minister used the chance to tell people not to leave their homes if a storm hit the coast. He said that three coastal districts, Thatta, Sujawal, and Badin, were in danger because of the heavy rains that were expected. Because of this, he sent the Hyderabad commissioner to make plans for people to leave, if necessary.

He also said that he had told the Karachi commissioner to take down billboards and signs from high-rise buildings because of the strong winds and rain.

Also on Sunday, the DHA posted instructions for residents on social media, telling them to close the doors and windows to their basements to keep stormwater from hurting their property.

“Build a temporary wall at the entrance to the basement with sacks or bricks. At the main gates, the drains should be cleaned well. All power connections that aren’t covered or are loose should be tightened. “All main holes and pipes should be cleaned,” it said in a tweet.

It also asked them to take valuable things out of their basements and ground floors and get rid of loose things on their roofs so they wouldn’t be blown away by strong winds.

Written by Shaheer Ahmed

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