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Cyclone Biparjoy threat largely over, Sindh fishermen can return to their homes: official

In Badin, the fishermen will start going back to their villages today, and the district might get some rain in the following day or so.

The fishermen, who were relocated to safer locations, can now return to their homes as of today, according to District Badin's Deputy Commissioner (DC) Agha Shahnawaz, as Cyclone Biparjoy makes landfall along the Indian Gujarat coast (Jakhau port) and Pakistan-India border, sparing Sindh's coastline from significant damage.

In the recent days, more than 180,000 people were evacuated from India and Pakistan as authorities prepared for the cyclone, known as Biparjoy, to strike the coasts of both nations.

According to meteorological officials, Biparjoy, which is Bengali for "calamity" or "disaster," made landfall close to Jakhau, a port in Gujarat that is close to the Pakistani border.

Squally winds caused power poles to be uprooted and roofs to be blown off of trees and residences in various locations of the Indian state. There were no casualties reported.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan predicts that Cyclone Biparjoy, a very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS), would continue to weaken today.

By morning on June 16 it is predicted to weaken into a cyclonic storm, then by evening on June 16 it is predicted to weaken even more into a depression.

According to DC Badin, the hurricane has largely passed, thus the fishermen will start going back to their villages today. Within the next 24 hours, rain is anticipated throughout the district.

On the other hand, light rain and winds have been present throughout the district and its vicinity since last night, according to Sujawal Deputy Commissioner Imtiaz Abro. The threat of a storm has passed, he declared.

According to the DC, people who were evacuated from threatened areas and living in relief camps would start going back to their homes tomorrow.

Abro continued, "The damage caused by the nighttime rain and strong winds is being assessed."

According to the NDMA, the cyclone is currently 255 kilometres from Karachi, 165 kilometres from Thatta, and 125 kilometres from Keti Bandar. It is located at latitude 23.4°N and longitude 68.5°E.

According to the disaster management organisation, the greatest sustained surface winds range from 100 to 120 km/h, with gusts up to 130 km/h in the system centre. It stated that the greatest wave height in the Northeast Arabian Sea is predicted to be between 10 and 15 feet.

Likely Impacts:

  • Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparker, Mirpurkhas, and Umerkot districts are predicted to have widespread rain and thunderstorms with severe/very heavy rainfall along with squally gusts of 80 to 100 kph until June 17.
  • At the land falling point (Keti Bandar and neighbouring areas), a storm surge of 6 to 8 feet is anticipated, which could inundate low-lying areas.
  • In the districts of Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparker, and Umerkot, strong winds could damage or even destroy buildings.
  • Tonight and tomorrow, there is a chance of dust/thunderstorms, rain, with a few heavy drops, and gusty winds of 30 to 50 kph in the districts of Karachi, Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allayar, Shaheed Benazirabad, and Sanghar.
  • The Sindh-Makran coast is likely to have rough or extremely rough seas.

'Difficult to predict track of Arabian Sea cyclones'

According to weather expert Jawad Memon, the cyclone's effects were only felt in Sindh's coastline region, and precipitation in other regions of the nation were caused by a western disturbance.

"...the pre-monsoon system and western disturbance will cause the system causing precipitation in other regions of Pakistan to become more intense. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and remote portions of Balochistan, rain will result from this.

He highlighted that pre-monsoon activities start in July and have been delayed by the cyclonic system in the Arabian Sea for a few days.

Overall, this is normal and controllable. Within 24 hours, the cyclone would weaken and become a depression, he said.

According to the weather expert, it is challenging to forecast the pattern of Arabian.

Thank God' 

Senator Sherry Rehman, the minister for climate change, informed Geo News that a conference will be held in the afternoon to decide how to return the affected people back to their homes.

39 relief camps were set up to host the 67,367 persons who had been evacuated by the Sindh government from the three vulnerable districts of Thatta, Sujawal, and Badin.

Thank God, we are spared from the cyclone's devastation. However, it might take some time before we can return people to Sujawal, the federal minister warned, pointing out that their way of life had been severely affected.

The minister responded to criticism of the government's response by stating that the population has increased significantly and that the government cannot effectively reach everyone.

She claimed that 8,000–9,000 animals were also moved.

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