Thatta, Badin, Karachi and nearby coastal areas may experience heavy rainfall while tides as high as 2.9 meters could hit the shore as Cyclone Bijparjoy makes landfall at Keti Bandar on Thursday morning.
Karachi, the commercial hub of the city, experiences urban flooding after every spell of rain. The authorities expect around 60 milimeter of rain in half an hour in Karachi to coincide with the landfall of Bijparjoy.
Given the fears of heavy rains and high tides hitting the shore, authorities have already evacuated some neighborhoods.
The authorities also removed billboards, especially along the Sharae Faisal the main artery of the city. However, an Aaj News staffer reported that billboards still stood along the major roads in North Karachi.
Information is patchy and people are trying to make sense of the situation.
Pak Met radar Jbirds showed rain bands moving over Karachi on Wednesday but the sky become clear in the evening.
Based on the news coverage, we have created a live map that attempts to capture the risk of heavy rainfall and possible flooding.
The map embedded below offers three pieces of information:
- Areas evacuated by the authorities shown as blue polygons
- Parts of the city that have already received rain shown with rain symbols, and
- Areas in the city at the risk of heavy rainfall shown with cloud symbols
What we know so far
The sky of Karachi was cloudy during the day and light to heavy rains are continued intermittently in different parts of the city.
Rain accompanied by strong winds occurred in the Ibrahim Haideri and University Road areas of Karachi.
While, light rain was recorded in other areas including Gurumandir, Sadar, Numaish, Clifton, Orangi and Korangi.
From June 14 to June 16, there is a possibility of heavy rain with thunderstorms in different areas of the port city.
Staying informed about the rainfall caused by cyclone Biparjoy is crucial for your safety and preparedness.
It will allow you to make informed decisions and take necessary precautions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property from potential risks associated with heavy rainfall.
High tides ’
Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman shared a chart showing the danger posed by tidal waves shortly before and after the landfall.
“Tidal waves can cause damage, and sudden flooding and pose serious risks to small crafts that are still venturing out. Caution has to be exercised until the risk is over,’’ she said.
When the cyclone makes landfall in Keti Bandar on Thursday, tides as high as 2.9 meters could sweep into the coastal areas.
Karachi, located around 150km from Keti Bandar, will also see 2.6 meter high tidal waves.