Sindh is safe as cyclone Tauktae moves away from Karachi
Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea on Sunday changed its direction averting a possible threat to Pakistan's coastline just when the cyclone was 1,300km away from sprawling city of Karachi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the system with winds of 100 to 120 Kmph, gusting to 140 Kmph, was moving northwestward at a speed of 18 Km and was at a distance of about 1,300 km south-southeast of Karachi.
The cyclonic activity has caused dust/thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfalls along with gusty winds of 60 to 80 Kmph in Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Sanghar districts of Sindh.
The visibility in the port city of Karachi has reduced to two km near the Jinnah International Airport to dusty winds which are moving with the speed of 36 km per hour from the northeast.
The Sindh government has declared an emergency in all the districts located along the coastal belt and ordered concerned authorities to take precautionary measures to meet any untoward situation in view of the cyclone impacting any area in the province.
The decision was taken in an emergency meeting chaired by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi. The meeting also advised fishermen not to go into the deep sea for fishing from today till 20 of this month.
Karachi weather department Director Sardar Sarfraz advised people not to travel in the afternoon especially from 11am to 4pm as they may catch sunstroke.
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The cyclone is likely to make landfall in the Indian state of Gujarat by Tuesday.
Reporter Sameen Nawaz