Biparjoy cyclone, which has now turned into an extremely severe cyclone, is likely to hit Keti Bandar in Pakistan and Indian Gujrat on June 15th, reads the latest advisory issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department on Sunday night.
The cyclone is 650 km from Karachi, 720 Km southeast of Ormara, and 670 km from Thatta.
Pakistan’s Natural Disaster Management Authority is closely working with the provincial disaster management authorities of Sindh and Balochistan. Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Coastal Guards, and Pakistan Maritime Security Authority are issuing guidelines to all the stakeholders. Fishermen are strictly prohibited from entering the deep sea during this period.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Karachi has ordered to remove billboards in Karachi and cut weak trees. According to the Sindh government, nearly 10,000 people will be evacuated from the nearby areas close to the sea in Sindh.
Minister for Climate Change and Environmental Coordination, Sherry Rehman, took to Twitter to address the unpredictability of the #Biparjoy Cyclone, which has been categorized as a high-intensity storm. Instead of promoting panic, the Minister emphasized the importance of exercising caution and implementing effective planning to avoid being caught off guard.
NEOC Update:Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm #BiparjoyCyclone
Dev path based on intl weather models is for proactive measures against likely impacts. It's evolving sit&impact will only be certain w/ further devplt of sys.
Source:Zoom Earth,Disaster Aware
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— NDMA PAKISTAN (@ndmapk) June 12, 2023
Sherry Rehman had instructed all relevant departments of Sindh and Balochistan to remain on high alert in her tweet.
According to the expert, the slight decrease in cyclone intensity can be attributed to unfavorable conditions, including cooler sea surface temperatures and stronger wind shear. These factors can have an impact on the cyclone’s strength and development.
“The cyclone over the east-central Arabian Sea has maintained its intensity over the past 48 hours and tracked northward. In fact, every 12 hours, wind’s intensity around the system’s centre is increasing by [a speed of] 30km to 40km an hour due to favourable environmental conditions,” chief meteorologist Dr Sardar Sarfaraz said to Dawn.
According to the top weatherman, the cyclone is likely to decrease its intensity as it approaches land. Currently classified as an extremely severe storm, it is anticipated to transition into a severe cyclonic storm between June 13 and June 14. Alongside this decrease in intensity, the cyclone is expected to alter its course, shifting northeastward.
The weatherman further emphasized that strong winds will likely begin blowing in the affected areas starting from the night of June 13.