Karachi/Islamabad: Pakistan has largely escaped from full force Typhoon Pebargui which is diluted to a Severe hurricane storm on Friday after it made landfall in Gujarat, leaving a trail of devastation in the Indian state.
People in Sindh’s port city of Kitti, who braved the threat of a cyclone and a warning of monsoon rains, are now returning home after the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said the cyclone had weakened to a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ from a severe cyclonic storm.
“The Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) ‘BIPARJOY’ over the Northeast Arabian Sea after crossing the Indian coast of Gujarat (near Jakhau Port) has weakened into a Severe Cyclonic Storm (SCS),” the Bureau of Meteorology said in its latest report. .
“The system is likely to weaken further into a cyclonic storm (CS) by noon today and then into a recession by this evening,” the alert added. Authorities said Biparjoy, (which means catastrophe or catastrophe in Bengali), completed its landfall on Thursday night.
Pakistan was prepared but largely escaped from full force. “Coastal areas of Sindh, such as Sujwal, have been flooded due to rising sea levels, but most people have been evacuated to safe land,” Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman said in a tweet.
The minister also thanked all stakeholders for their “excellent coordination efforts”.
She said the authorities would hold a meeting in the afternoon to discuss how to return those affected to their homes.
The Government of Sindh evacuated up to 67,367 people from the three districts at risk – Thatta, Sajwal and Badin – and 39 relief camps were set up to house them.
“Thank God, we are safe from the cyclone’s devastation. But it may take some time to bring people back to Sajwal,” Rahman was quoted by Geo News as saying.
Cyclone Bibarjoy, which swept through Kutch and parts of Saurashtra district of Gujarat state, left a trail of destruction.
Biparjoy unleashed destructive winds of up to 140 kmph, destroying rooftops and uprooting trees and electric poles in several parts while seawater entered villages in low-lying areas.
Meanwhile, as the Pakistani city of Karachi once again escaped the devastation of a cyclone, it has reignited an age-old debate about whether the city was once again saved by a “patron saint”.
A media report stated that “Some people of Karachi especially the followers of the Dargah of Abdullah Shah Ghazi believe that Karachi has been spared from cyclones because of the miracle of the holy person buried here.”
Dr Monaliza, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Quaid-e-Azam University, told the BBC that Karachi borders three plates (Indian, Eurasian and Arabian) that form natural barriers to cyclones.


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