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Fishermen barred from going to sea, Clifton ‘sealed’

KARACHI: Sindh government authorities have barred fishermen from going to the sea on Sunday due to rough sea.According to the reports, all routes to Karachi’s Clifton Beach and Do Darya have been sealed off. Pakistan Coast Guard and police are stopping people from going near the Clifton Beach.Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) spokesperson said the fishermen were also being stopped from approaching the water even though Section 144 bans swimming but not fishing.There have been the conflicting reports on the death toll at Karachi beach withKarachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui claiming 37 people had drowned and Edhi rescue services putting the number of bodies of drowned victims at 42.The rescue operation to recover the bodies from Karachi beach had ended on Saturday, but one man identified as Mujeeb is stil considered missing. Siddiqui had said that the administration hopes that his body might be one of the two bodies lying at the Edhi morgue.Siddiqui had earlier said that the ban on visiting the beaches will be lifted on August 3 (Sunday), adding that it was imposed to ensure that there were no further casualties. This ban is in addition to the one imposed earlier under the Section 144 that prevents citizens from going into the water until August 27. 

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