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Karachi’s coastal belt suffers sea intrusion by Cyclone ‘Kyarr’

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department on Monday issued an alert saying Super Cyclonic Storm over East Central Arabian Sea has moved further west-northwestward during last 12 hours and now lay centered at about 745 km southwest of Karachi.

The Super Storm now lay centered at 0800 PST of 28th October, 2019 near Latitude 18.3°N and Longitude 65.2°E with maximum sustained surface winds of 230-240 kmph and is currently gusting at 265 kmph.

“The strong winds and high tide have pushed the water in the low-lying areas of Karachi, causing sea intrusion,” said Sardar Sarfraz, Chief Meteorological Officer of PMD while talking to The local News.

He added that they are also expecting light to moderate rain in Karachi from Wednesday till Friday, as a westerly wave is interacting with the cyclonic conditions in the Arabian Sea.

This caused sea intrusion of coastal areas of Rehri Goth, Ibrahim Hyderi, Lath Basti, Hawks Bay and adjoining areas on Monday morning, prompting evacuation of as many as 500 people from these areas.

The sea intrusion alarmed the residents of Defence Housing Authority and Clifton areas, particularly after the water entered into the DHA Golf Club and the Boat Club.

The meteorological department officials, ruling out any serious threat of inundation or cyclone hitting the city at all, advised against panic and rumour mongering. 

Explaining the phenomenon, Sarfraz said strong westerly winds have coincided with the high tide, causing sea intrusion which, he said, could prevail for the next few days without causing any damage.

The Met Office has advised fishermen to not venture in the deep sea for the next couple of days.

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