Keti Bandar prepares for the anticipated landfall of Cyclone Biparjoy today

Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman has stated that Cyclone Biparjoy, which has slightly deviated from Karachi, is expected to make landfall in Sindh’s Keti Bandar on Thursday. While Karachi itself is not directly threatened, Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lt-Gen Inam Haider Malik, has cautioned about the risk of urban flooding in the city.

During a press conference in Islamabad, Minister Sherry Rehman informed that around 66,000 individuals have been evacuated from coastal areas in Sindh. She appealed for cooperation from the public and assured that all rescue agencies are prepared for relief operations. The true impact of the cyclone will become clearer on Thursday.

The minister mentioned that the districts of Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, and Tharparker will be most severely affected by the cyclone, while emphasizing that Biparjoy is moving away from Karachi. She also revealed that small aircraft operations have been suspended due to the cyclone, and commercial flight operations will be halted as it approaches the country.

While Biparjoy is moving further northeast and appears to be bypassing Karachi, Minister Sherry Rehman cautioned that it is getting closer to coastal areas. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) confirmed a potential risk of urban flooding in Karachi, but ruled out a direct threat to the city.

The PMD’s Chief Meteorologist for Sindh, Sardar Sarfaraz, mentioned that Karachi is not in immediate danger, but heavy rainfall is expected on Thursday and Friday. Minister Sherry Rehman assured that tracking institutions, including the PMD and Suparco, are closely monitoring the cyclone with the assistance of international satellites.

The Sindh government has established around 75 relief camps and has evacuated over 62,000 individuals to safe locations where they have access to clean drinking water, food, and medical facilities. The minister urged residents in the cyclone’s path to cooperate with civil administration and follow evacuation directives.

Efforts are underway to minimize losses and ensure the supply of essential commodities such as electricity, gas, and petroleum products. The public is advised to take precautionary measures and cooperate with the relevant authorities for their well-being.

In related news, Karachi DHA issued a warning on Twitter about high tides posing an imminent threat to the city. Residents of specific areas were advised to evacuate. Authorities in Sindh have relocated approximately 67,367 individuals from coastal districts to temporary shelters.

The PMD officials have forecasted heavy rainfall and squally winds in several districts of Sindh and Balochistan under the influence of Cyclone Biparjoy. The storm is expected to make landfall between Keti Bandar and the Indian Gujarat coast. The PMD urged fishermen to avoid venturing into the open sea until the system passes by June 17.

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