Pakistan 'largely spared' as Cyclone Biparjoy weakens further after landfall

Pakistan 'largely spared' as Cyclone Biparjoy weakens further after landfall

Karachi (Web Desk): Life started returning to normal in Pakistan’s coastal city after cyclone Biparjoy threat is over after its landfall along the coast in Indian Gujarat.

In a post on Twitter, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said the country was prepared but largely spared the full force.

She added that Sindh’s coastal areas like Sujawal were inundated by high sea levels, but most people had been evacuated to safe ground".

The minister also thanked the coordinating agencies and authorities for a “stellar coordination effort”.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday also confirmed that cyclone Biparjoy has weakened into a “severe cyclonic storm” after making landfall in India’s Gujarat.

The PMD added that the system was likely to weaken into a depression by evening.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the severe cyclonic storm biparjoy has weakened into a cyclonic storm with sustained surface winds of 80-100 Kilometers per hour.

The NDMA added that the system is forecasted to further weaken into a depression state by Friday evening.

However, major impact of landfall on the Indian side is observed. Requisite measures are being undertaken by all concerned to ensure preparedness and effective response.

The NDMA is continuously monitoring the system and will issue update accordingly.

The Authority has issued the fresh advisory under which widespread rain and thunderstorms with some heavy or very heavy falls and squally winds 80-100 KM/h are expected in districts Sujawal, Badin, Tharparkar and Umerkot and heavy falls expected in Districts Thattha and Mirpukhas.

Dust and thunderstorm / rain, with few moderate falls & gusty winds 30-50 KM/h are likely in Districts Karachi, Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allayar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sanghar.

Squally winds in Districts Thatha, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparker and Umerkot may damage loose structures, kacha houses, under construction buildings, solar panels, trees and billboards.

Sea conditions along Sindh-Makran coast may get rough very rough with 2 meter tides.
Fishermen in Sindh and Balochistan will not be able venture into open sea until Saturday.

There are also high risk of storm surge of 6-8 feet along coastline, especially at Keti Bandar and surrounding areas, which may be exasperated by occurrence of high tide.