KARACHI: The Cyclone Nanauk has sent almost 500 residents of coastal Bin Qasim town into migrating from their homes. According to reports, the Arabian Sea cyclone is too far from Karachi but still its effects can be seen in the city as houses in Rairhi Goth, Dabla Goth and Lath Basti have been inundated with at least three feet of water.
Strong waves created a 20-foot-wide breach in Kaiti Bandar Bachao Dam, inundating coastal towns of Ahmad Sholani, Ahmed Malah, Sluman Sholani, Siddiq Sholani, Qasim Malah besides six other villages.
The Met Office has said that the sea conditions along Pakistan coast are already rough due to tropical cyclone, therefore the fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan should not venture in open sea from Friday evening to Sunday night.
None of the area of Pakistan is under threat however some isolated rain/thundershowers are expected in lower Sindh in next couple of days, the Weather Advisory of the Met Office said on Friday.
The Thursday’s Tropical Cyclone 02A (Nanauk) remained almost stationary in last six hours over a location at latitude 20.5 North and longitude 63.5 East about 620 kilo meters Southwest of Karachi, it added.
The Tropical Cyclone is now likely to move in north-easterly direction during next 24 hours with maximum sustained wind speed of 30-40 knots gusting up to 50 knots. It is expected to weaken further in next 24 hours and there is high probability of its dissipation over the water of north Arabian Sea in next couple of days.
The PDMA Sindh has asked deputy commissioners of coastal areas in Sindh to take all pre-emptive measures to respond quickly to any situation.
It said the pre-emptive measures including issuance of early warning, preparation for evacuation (if required) of vulnerable communities specially in the coastal areas, mobilization of resources and all the equipment as well as manpower be kept on high alert and ready to respond quickly.
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