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Pakistan

Cyclone Biparjoy makes landfall in India’s Gujarat coast near Pakistan

  • Landfall process is continuing and by midnight it will be completely over the land, says India Meteorological Department
Published June 15, 2023

Cyclone Biparjoy made landfall in India’s Gujarat coast near the Pakistan border late on Thursday evening, India’s weather office said, as strong winds and heavy rain lashed coastal areas of the two countries.

“Landfall process is continuing and by midnight it will be completely over the land. Part of the eye (of the cyclone) is over the land,” the India Meteorological Department said in its latest bulletin.

India and Pakistan evacuated more than 180,000 people from the coastal areas to safety ahead of the cyclone.

In its 6pm forecast, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had predicted that Cyclone Biparjoy would cross between Keti Bandar and India’s Gujarat during the next “two to six hours”.

It said the cyclone had moved northeastward during the last three hours and was now about 245km south of Karachi, 210km south of Thatta, and 145km south of Keti Bandar.

Earlier, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said the “Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Biparjoy” expected to pass through Keti Bandar today is 247km south of Karachi.

The cyclone is expected to bring dust and rain thunderstorms at night.

In a tweet, Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman said that Biparjoy had slowed down but core remains intense.

“It will not make landfall before nightfall now. More information will be shared soon from the National Disaster Management Authority.”

Meanwhile, in an earlier update, the NDMA said the cyclone lies near Latitude 22.4°N & Longitude 66.8°E at a distance of about 248km south of Karachi, 267km south Thatta and 181 south-southwest of Keti Bandar.

‘‘Maximum sustained surface winds are 120-140 Km/hour gusts 160 Km/hour around the system center and sea conditions being phenomenal around the system center with maximum wave height 30 feet.’’

The authority said that favourable environmental conditions (sea surface temperature of 29-30°C, low vertical wind shear and upper-level divergence) support sustaining its strength through the forecast period.

The PMD in a notification issued earlier on Thursday said that dust/thunderstorm-rain with few heavy falls and accompanied with ‘‘squally winds of 60-80 Km/hour likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allayar, Shaheed Benazirabad and Sanghar districts on 15-16 June’’.

It said that sea conditions along Sindh coast may get very rough/ high (2-2.5 meter) and rough/ very rough (2 meter) along Balochistan coast (Sonmiani, Hub, Kund Malir, Ormara and surroundings). 

‘‘Fishermen are advised not to venture in open sea till the system is over by 17 June,’’ PMD said.

Karachi not under threat

In a press conference on Wednesday, Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said that the storm would not make direct landfall in Karachi but tidal waves, rainfall and duststorms were expected in the city.

“It seems Biparjoy is going northeast and it seems it will take a hard right even further to the east which means it will go past the mega city of Karachi,” she said.

“Operation of small aircraft from Karachi International Airport to remain suspended to ensure safety of the people,” she said.

The minister further said the decision regarding the commercial flights as yet has not been taken and the authorities will consider it following in a detailed review of the cyclone and weather with the input of the PMD.

SSGC suspends supply of gas to all industries

The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) on Wednesday suspended supply of gas to all industries in a bid to combat the possible adverse impact of Biparjoy.

In a statement, the company said “adhering to the clear instructions from the federal government, SSGC has stopped gas supplies to all industries including their units for power generation, fertiliser sector and CNG stations”.

“This decision has been taken in the backdrop of possible striking of cyclone Biparjoy and considering the shortage of natural gas and RLNG.”

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Tulukan Mairandi Jun 15, 2023 11:06am
Its very severe and gonna flatten most property. I hope we see low casualties and NADRA acts swiftly. I also hope Dar and team work quickly to scour for donations and aid.
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Ali Asghar Jun 15, 2023 12:20pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, Well as i said yesterday, it has already lost its intensity but will smash India hard in its peak, Independent gujrat will pay the price of incapability of godi govt.
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James Taylor Jun 15, 2023 02:26pm
@Ali Asghar, you are totally sick. It is a natural disaster. I hope both India and Pakistan (we are brothers in fact) come out safe and strong, and Pakistan is successful in raising donations to repair the damage.
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Ali Asghar Jun 15, 2023 02:42pm
@James Taylor, Ohh well well well, what you Indians are made of was perfectly witnessed everywhere in social media when floods hit Pakistan and you were sharing memes jokes, but one thing is certain, Pakistan Zindabad, and for your Hindustan, you know what it's (opposite) lol...
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Sohmi Afzal Jun 15, 2023 04:39pm
The direction it is headed is scary. This calamity is really gonna make much of western sindh into pulp. Lucky for the Indians they largely escape. I hope our beloved army, NADRA and the undertaker / burial teams are ready.
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Az_Iz Jun 16, 2023 04:42am
Overall, Pakistani response to natural disasters in India is more civilized and humane, compared to the other way. At most someone from Pakistan is just giving it back. That says a lot about the two countries.
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