Cyclone Biparjoy not to hit Karachi directly; evacuation isn’t an option for Keti Bandar

Residents evacuate ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Biparjoy in Keti Bandar on June 13, 2023. — AFP
  • Biparjoy is 350km south of Karachi.
  • It lies 300km southwest of Keti Bandar.
  • Storm’s intensity has decreased a little.

The very severe cyclonic system (VSCS) Biparjoy will not directly hit Karachi; however, it will certainly hit Keti Bandar, Minister of Climate Change Sherry Rehman said Tuesday.

The senator, during Geo News’ talk show ‘Aj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saath’, said that Karachi would likely receive 110mm of rainfall, whereas Thatta, Badin, and Sajawal are expected to receive 330mm of rain.

“We have a red alert [in place] till June 18 and will issue a new advisory at 11 or 12 o’clock on the day [the storm is expected to make a landfall],” she added.

In a tweet separately, she said: “Panic is understandable, human nature; but it’s important to move with caution & calm.”

“Evacuations are painful, stressful and hard to embark on but we must insist on them in areas where see #CycloneBiparjoy making landfall. For Coastal areas like Keti bandar evacuations are not optional.”

During the same show, Pakistan Meteorologist Department (PMD) Sindh Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz said the storm’s intensity had decreased somewhat.

“There is no dangerous situation in Karachi, the cyclone will exit from the city’s south,” he said.

He, moreover, added that the storm was heading toward the north.

“It will then move north-east, where it will hit or pass Keti Bandar and Indian Gujarat,” he said, commenting on the cyclone’s trajectory.

The chief meteorologist also shared that there is a possibility of light to moderate rainfall in Karachi today; however, the city will probably receive heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday.

As per the latest advisory issued by the PMD, the cyclone moved further north-northwestward during the last 6 hours and now lies near latitude 21.8°N and longitude 66.4°E at a distance of about 350km south of Karachi, 360km south of Thatta and 300km southwest of Keti Bandar.

“Under the existing upper-level steering winds, the VSCS “BIPARJOY” is most likely to track further Northward until 14 June morning, then recurve Northeastward and cross between Keti Bandar (Southeast Sindh) and Indian Gujarat coast on 15 June afternoon/evening as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) with packing winds of 100-120 Km/hour gusting 140 km/hour,” the PMD advisory stated.

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