Karachi, Alert India has deployed NDRF and SDRF teams in areas likely to be affected by Cyclone Biparjaya. As this Baju storm approaches the Pakistani city of Karachi, the government of Sindh province has called in the army and navy for help. Also, the process of evacuating more than 80 thousand people living near the sea coast to a safe place has been speeded up.
According to the latest advisory of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, Biparjaya has weakened to a severe cyclonic storm with very severe cyclonic storm. And within last 12 hours it is moving towards North-North West. It is currently 470 km south of Karachi and 460 km south of Thatta.
The PMD said that the air speed is 140-150 km per hour, which can reach up to 170 km per hour. The government of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh has directed large numbers of people to reach safe places.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah told the media that an emergency has been declared and more than 80,000 people are at risk, and the army and navy have been called in to help evacuate. He told reporters that people have been ordered to go to safer places from social media, mosques and radio stations.
The Chief Minister said that the campaign to bring people to safe places on a large scale has already been accelerated in Thatta, KT Bandar, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparkar and Umarkot districts. The area may be affected by Cyclone Biparajay. Biparajay is a Bengali word meaning disaster. Murad said that the help of army and navy has been called to take people to government schools, offices and other temporary shelters till the crisis ends.SS1MS