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Cyclone Biparjoy lies 390km South of Karachi, within 8-12 hours it is likely to make a NE turn towards Keti Bandar/Kutch border

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Cyclone Biparjoy lies 390km South of Karachi in the Arabian Sea, within 8-12 hours it is likely to make a NE turn towards Keti Bandar and Kutch border!

On Tuesday, Biparjoy sustained its intensity of Category 03/Very Severe Cyclone with gusts of 206km/hr and a minimum central pressure of 953hpa.

The coastal areas of Pakistan have started to receive the impact of this severe cyclone, where the sea level has started to rise along the coastal belt as cyclone Biparjoy moves closer to Karachi and the surrounding coastal belt.

The sea is also likely to remain very rough this week.

Luckily Karachi is not in danger of taking a direct hit by cyclone Biparjoy, however, the port city is likely to face gusty winds of 50-80km/hr with chances of rain and thunderstorms between 12-15th June.


Impact of Cyclone Biparjoy:

The cyclone is expected to make a NE turn towards Keti Bandar/Kutch border and SE #Sindh within 8-12 hours. SE Sindh especially the Tharparkar region is likely to receive extremely heavy rains with 90-140km/hr winds between 14-17th June. While Southern Sindh including Hyderabad, Thatta, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, and surrounding areas will also receive moderate to heavy rains with 70-90km/hr winds.

MET Office Prediction:

The favorable environmental conditions (sea surface temperature of 29-31°C, low vertical wind shear, and upper-level divergence) are in support of sustaining its strength through the forecast period. 

Under the existing upper-level steering winds, the cyclone is most likely to track further northward until the morning of 14th June, then recurve northeastward and cross between Keti Bandar (Southeast Sindh) and Indian Gujarat coast on 15th June afternoon/evening as a very severe cyclonic storm with packing winds of 100-120Km/hour. 

Evacuations Underway:

As reported, evacuations continue from Badin, Keti Bandar, and the islands due to the possible impact of the cyclone.

Pakistan Army, Marine Security, Rangers, and elected representatives are helping people evacuate from the coastal belt areas of Sindh.

However, the residents of the Chashma Goth area have not vacated their homes yet, where the seawater level continues to increase and has reached roadsides. 

The water level at the Rehri Goth jetty is increasing, and as the cyclone is getting near, water will be submerging some parts of the jetty later in the evening.


Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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