KARACHI – At least three people including a kid were killed and two injured in incidents related to rain and dust-storm that hit the parts of the port city on Tuesday with the Meteorological Department (Met Dept) saying that thunder clouds have erupted over the city due to rising heat.
A man and his wife were killed after a roof of a house collapsed in an area of Karachi while the child lost his life in Teen Talwar areas due to the falling of a residential building.
However, two staff members of a shopping mall were injured after a billboard collapsed due to gusty winds in the city.
This is so scary never Witnessed so heavy winds like this and I was Just wondering The Cyclone didnt even hit our City by the Grace of almighty.
Current situation Bahadurabad karachi #CycloneTauktae pic.twitter.com/Z4r2n4kOwI
— GULLY Cricket (@waqashussain954) May 18, 2021
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Rain in some parts of Karachi brought relief from terrible 🔥 weather pic.twitter.com/QmnUo9KDSF
— 🇵🇰 ZeeQue🇵🇰 (@ZebaQadar) May 18, 2021
Karachi reported the highest temperature at night between Sunday and Monday since 2015, with 32.5°C, due to the suspension of sea breeze caused by tropical cyclone Tauktae.
A brief heatwave that engulfed Karachi was so extreme, according to Chief Meteorological Officer Sardar Sarfraz, that the temperature stayed at 40°C even after sunset.
Cyclonic Storm ‘Tauktae’
On Saturday, the PMD issued an alert stating that the Depression over Southeast Arabian has intensified into a Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae”.
PMD said that the Cyclone lay centered “at 0800 PST of 15 May 2021 near latitude 12.7N and longitude 72.3E, at a distance of about 1460 Km south-southeast of Karachi. Maximum sustained winds around the system centre are 70-90 Kmph gusting to 100 Kmph”.
The system is likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm (SCS) during next 12-18 hours and move in north-northwest direction and reach Indian Gujarat by May 18 morning.
According to present environmental conditions and under the influence of this system, widespread raindust/thunderstorm with few heavy to very heavy falls and gusty winds of 70-90 Kmph are likely to occur in Thatta, Badin, Thar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot & Sanghar districts from 17 May to 20 May 2021.
“Raindust/thunderstorm with few heavy falls and gusty winds of 40-60 Kmph are also likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Shaeed Banzirabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Dadu during 18-20 May 2021,”.
The department has also advised fishermen to not venture in the sea as conditions will be rough to very rough during 16-20 May 2021.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has issued directives to chalk out an emergency plan to handle any untoward situation in the Sindh Capital.
He has ordered authorities to remove all the billboards from the city and cleaning of the water drainage systems amid prediction of heavy rains and gusty winds.
Karachi and eastern coastline, as per the current trajectory, is expected to be affected by the Cyclon Tauktae.
Myanmar has named the Cyclone as “Tauktae, which means “gecko”, meaning a highly vocal lizard in Burmese.
This is going to be the first cyclonic storm of 2021 in the South Asian region which is already battling with mutant spread of COVID-19.