Heavy Rains, Winds Still Likely As Cyclone Biparjoy 'Dies Down'

Heavy Rains, Winds Still Likely As Cyclone Biparjoy 'Dies Down'
Heavy rains and strong winds are still likely in some parts of the country as Biparjoy reduces into a 'cyclonic storm' from 'very severe cyclonic storm', according to authorities.

It is anticipated to move in a north-eastward direction, weakening into a cyclonic storm, and eventually transform into a depression, according to an official statement, on Friday.

This indicates a gradual reduction in intensity and potential impact. The sea conditions over the northeast Arabian Sea are likely to remain very rough, with wave heights reaching 10-12 feet.

The tropical cyclone, which holds the distinction of being the longest-lived cyclone in the Arabian Sea, had originated approximately 1550km south/southwest of Karachi in the Arabian Sea on June 5.


A coordinated evacuation was conducted by the joint teams comprising the PDMA, armed forces, navy, LEAs, and the district administrations, in vulnerable districts, including Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Malir, Kemari, and Korangi.

A total of 82,175 individuals were shifted from the coastal areas to safer locations, provided shelter in public buildings and supplied with essential commodities.

One casualty was reported by the PDMA Sindh, which occurred as a result of a fall from a building in Umerkot.


Meanwhile, Minister for Climate, Sherry Rehman commended the preparedness and coordinated efforts of all the departments concerned to deal with the adversity.

While Sindh's coastal areas, particularly Sujawal, experienced flooding due to high sea levels, the majority of the population had been successfully evacuated to safer locations.

The minister expressed gratitude to all the partners involved in the coordination effort to saving lives and ensuring uninterrupted essential services.

She made these remarks while presiding over the meeting of the Prime Minister's Emergency Committee regarding the calamity.

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The high-level committee was formed by the premier on June 13 to prepare to deal with the rising threat.

It was led by the minister herself, with Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. Gen Inam Haider Malik serving as its Secretary and NDMA acting as the secretariat for the committee.


During the conclusive session, Rehman directed the authorities to report the inundation, provide essential supplies, remain vigilant, and submit a report of the damages. She also stressed the need for continuous efforts to enhance preparedness measures, such as early warning systems and forecasts.

The residents were strongly advised to prioritise their safety and well-being, and seek assistance from the provincial and local administration to ensure a safe return to their homes.