Cyclone Biparjoy: Sindh govt issues strict evacuation orders for coastal residents

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As a precautionary measure against the potential threat of a cyclone, the process of relocating people from the coastal areas of Thatta and Badin to safer locations has commenced.

Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, received a briefing from Hyderabad Commissioner regarding the cyclone.

During the briefing, the Chief Minister was informed that residents of Bhaga Memon village in Badin have been successfully evacuated.

Furthermore, 2,000 individuals from the Shah Bandar islands were relocated to a secure place overnight, while an additional 50,000 people living in villages near Shah Bandar, Jati, and Keti Bandar will be evacuated.

The Chief Minister of Sindh was informed that due to a slight reduction in the cyclone’s intensity, landfall is now expected on June 15 instead of June 13 or 14, with the impact diminishing by June 17-18.

Given the anticipated storm conditions, waves reaching 4 to 5 meters high are expected in the sea, and water levels may rise significantly.

Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah emphasized the formation of committees consisting of local administration and elected representatives.

He stated that the assembly members have been granted leave from the budget session to remain in their respective areas, emphasizing the necessity of evacuating people to prevent any loss of life.

The Chief Minister also mentioned that other districts, including Thatta, Sajawal, and Badin, will likely be affected by heavy rainfall, and the government is making every effort to address the situation.

He expressed that he will not plead with people to leave the at-risk areas but will urge them to do so.

He highlighted that Sajawal is expected to be the most severely affected district, which is why he visited it first.

The Chief Minister concluded by emphasizing the priority of evacuating people safely in a timely manner.