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Met department issues cyclone, heatwave warning for Sindh

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The Pakistan Meteorological Department (Met) has issued a warning regarding the tropical cyclone Vayu and has warned fishermen from Sindh against venturing into the open sea until Friday.

The warning, sent out on Wednesday, suggested sea breeze is likely to remain cutoff between Thursday and Friday which can lead to heatwave-like conditions in coastal areas of Sindh, including Karachi.

The Met department has forecasted temperature in Karachi to swing between 39 to 42 degrees Celsius from Thursday to Saturday.

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Karachi’s administration on Wednesday also reviewed the arrangementsfor the implementation of contingency plans made to cope with the expected tropical cyclone and heatwave.

The contingency plan, which was shared in a meeting, was jointly created by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), district administrations, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, DMCs, Pakistan Navy, cantonment boards, and other relevant departments.

Official sources said that a senior official of the Met department briefed the participants in a high-level meeting on the weather situation, telling them that the tropical cyclone Vayu was expected to hit Thatta and other parts of the province on June 16-17.

The weatherman also told the meeting that Karachi might have a spell of rain and heatwave under the influence of this system.

A PDMA representative told the meeting yesterday that in view of the expected heatwave, an alert had been issued to all the departments concerned, including the deputy commissioners of Karachi.

The meeting, held with Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani, decided that all deputy commissioners, representatives of the PDMA, KMC, DMCs and Pakistan Navy and other relevant departments would finalise their contingency plans as soon as possible to provide relief and protection to the citizens.

It was decided in the meeting that all deputy commissioners would activate heatwave first response centres in their jurisdictions with the help of the relevant organisations and departments. All district municipal corporations would remove the billboards installed in their district violating the Supreme Court orders.

It was also decided that the SBCA would ensure that the builders as well as the owners of under-construction buildings take steps for the protection of citizens during rains.

The KMC representative assured the meeting that the desilting and cleaning work of the drains would be completed by June 30.