As Cyclone Biparjoy intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” on Sunday, alerts were issued for Karachi and other coastal areas of Pakistan.
PEOC PDMA Sindh Update: Very Severe Cyclonic Storm has intensified further into an Extreme Severe Cyclonic Storm (ESCS).— PDMA Sindh (@pdmasindhpk) June 11, 2023
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The National Disaster Management Authority has expressed fear that Cyclone Biperjoy, currently moving south of Karachi, may intensify in the next 24 hours.
Heavy rains and flash floods are likely to occur in the south and south-eastern parts of Sindh till June 13.
NDMA has directed the institutions were directed to be prepared to deal with any emergency situation.
According to an NDMA spokesperson, Cyclone Biperjoy is moving toward the coastal belt of Pakistan at a speed of 140 km per hour. NEOC continues to continuously monitor the development of Biper Joy through international models. The meteorological department, provincial disaster management authorities, and related institutions are in touch. The public has been asked to avoid going to the beach for recreation. Fishermen also should not go into the open sea.
According to an NDMA spokesperson, coastal areas are likely to be hit by strong winds, hurricanes, and floods. NEOC is continuously monitoring the development of Biper Joy, the public should avoid going to the beach for sightseeing.
The effects of the cyclone rising from the Arabian Sea have begun to affect the coastal areas of Thatta and Sajawal.
The district administration has banned the fishermen from going into the open sea till June 20 due to the inundation in the sea along with higher than normal winds.
Karachi Port Trust (KPT) issues Red Alert
#Karachi Port Trust (KPT) issued a ‘red alert’ on Sunday for the security of ships and port facilities in the wake of the severe cyclonic storm “Biparjoy” – reportedly heading towards Karachi with sustained winds of 150 km/h.
In a statement, KPT noted that shipping activities will remain suspended in case of strong winds above 25 nautical miles.
“In view of the impact of the storm, the movement of ships will be suspended during the night”, it added.
Karachi authorities order the removal of billboards
In view of the impact of Cyclone Biparjoy. Commissioner Karachi has ordered the removal of advertising material including billboards, and signboards from all over the city.
Commissioner Karachi also ordered that weak trees should be cut to save human lives
Instructions issued to Sindh government employees in view of the storm
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said the provincial government is completely monitoring the situation of weather in coastal areas and government employees are directed by the CM Sindh that they should not leave their districts.
He added that the directives issued to fishermen to not go into the deep sea and said district administrations were “completely vigilant and on alert”.
Government of sindh is completely monitoring the situation of weather in coastal areas. Fisherman are directed not to go to deep sea, administrations of the districts of the coastal areas are completely vigilant and on alert. Government employees are directed by the CM Sindh that…— Sharjeel Inam Memon (@sharjeelinam) June 11, 2023
Indian authorities issue alert
On the other hand, the Indian media stated that an alert has been issued in the coastal states due to the threat of Cyclone Biparjoy in the Arabian Sea.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Cyclone Biparjoy will intensify in 24 hours, alert has been issued in the state of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, and other coastal states.
The Indian Meteorological Department says that heavy rain is expected in the coastal areas of Kerala and Karnataka, fishermen should not go to the eastern and central parts of the sea for 5 days.
Cyclone Alert for Saurashtra and Kutch Coast: Yellow Message. ESCS BIPARJOY lay over eastcentral Arabian Sea at 0830 IST today,460 km SSW of Porbandar,510 km SSW of Dwarka,600 km SSW of Naliya. To cross Saurashtra and Kutch and adj Pakistan coasts around noon of 15 June as VSCS. pic.twitter.com/vh2Sipxf84— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) June 11, 2023