Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has confirmed that there will be no urban flooding due to the Shaheen cyclone but the ongoing rains will continue for couple more days. It has also informed that commercial activities and educational institutes, including public and private will remain closed on Friday, October 1.
The tropical cyclone forming in the Arabian Sea has caused torrential rains and gusts of wind in the districts along the coast. PMD estimated that this cyclone will develop across the Sindh-Makran coast and eventually shift towards Balochistan and then Oman, after which the storms will end.
Shaheen Cyclone to Go Strong Before Leaving
Shaheen cyclone first appeared as a Depression over the northeast Arabian Sea but according to the latest reports, it has intensified. Since 30th September the system has moved midway between west and northwest at a speed of 15km/hr. before concentrating into a Deep Depression after 12 hours. It is located about 280 km southwest of Karachi. According to PMD’s estimations, the maximum sustained wind increased from 30 – 40 to 65-85km/hr. since it emerged.
Initially, the system was being denoted as Cyclone Gulab/Gulabo but PMD later named it “Shaheen” when it started developing into a cyclone earlier today. Moreover, PMD reportedly expressed annoyance over the use of the name Gulab or Gulabo for a cyclone.
Warnings Issued for Concerned Parties
According to reports, the following cities and districts in Sindh province will face scattered rain, wind, and thunderstorm till October 2:
Karachi, Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Thatta, Badin, Dadu, Sukkur, Thaparker, Tando Muhammad Khan (TMK), Tando Allayar (TAY), Jacobabad, Sanghar, Naushahro Feroze District, Shaheed Benazirabad, and Shikarpur.
Heavy storms are also expected in the following districts of Balochistan till October 3:
Gwadar, Awaran, Lasbela, Kalat, Kech, Panjgur, and Khuzdar
Weather experts have warned that the sea activity in these areas can get highly extreme at times till Oct 3 due to which the storms will also remain. They have advised fishermen to avoid venturing into the waters till the sea is calm. Due to the heavy rain, the department expected that Gawadar, Lasbela, Ormara, Turbat, Pasni, and Jiwani might face urban flooding. The storm by Shaheen cyclone may also damage various structures.
The Provincial Minister of Sindh for Labour and Information and Human Resources, Saeed Ghani was reportedly tasked with monitoring the weather conditions in Karachi East District. He shared several videos on his social media page from different areas to reaffirm that specific roads were clear.