Over 67,000 people evacuated from Sindh coastal areas: Sharjeel
Sharjeel Memon said 91pc of people from coastal towns of Sindh have been shifted to safe places
KARACHI (Dunya News) - Sindh Minister for Information Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Wednesday that out of a total 74,343, the provincial government has so far evacuated 67,367 people from coastal areas of Sindh as tropical cyclone Biparjoy is expected to make a landfall between Keti Bandar (Southeast Sindh Coastline) and the Indian Gujarat Coastline today (Thursday), Dunya News reported.
Sharjeel Memon said that almost 91 per cent people from the coastal towns of Sindh had been shifted to safe places.
He informed that 13,000 people from Keti Bandar, 5,000 from Ghora Bari, 11,560 from Shaheed Fazil Raho, 8,500 from Sajawal, 8,160 from Jati and 4,871 persons from Kharo Chan have been shifted to safe places.
According to latest update issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at 5:00am on Thursday, the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) “Biparjoy” over northeast Arabian Sea has moved north northeastward during last 06 hours and now lies near Latitude 22.4°N and Longitude 66.8°E at a distance of about 262km south of Karachi, 276km south of Thatta and 191km south-southwest of Keti Bandar.
Maximum sustained surface winds are 120-140 Km/hour with gusts up to 160 Km/hour around the system centre and sea conditions being phenomenal around the system centre with maximum wave height of 30 feet.
The favorable environmental conditions (sea surface temperature of 29-30°C, low vertical wind shear and upper-level divergence) are in support to sustain its strength through the forecast period. Under the existing upper-level steering winds, the VSCS “Biparjoy” is likely keep tracking Northeastward and cross between Keti Bandar (Southeast Sindh) and Indian Gujarat coast on 15 June evening as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) with packing winds of 100-120 Km/hour gusting 140 km/hour.