'Nilofar' to hit Pakistan – on early Thursday
Karachi, October 26 (Online): A deep depression over the Arabian Sea is expected to turn into tropical cyclone 'Nilofar' and will bring heavy rains along the coast of Pakistan, according to an official of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.
Mohammad Junaid, an official of the Pakistan Meteorological Department said that the weather system was headed towards Gwadar's coast in Balochistan but the cyclone could land in Oman as well. He also predicted that weather in the coastal areas may turn hot and humid prior to the storm.
It was not clear whether the cyclone would make landfall on the coasts of Southern Pakistan or Oman, but heavy rains and thunderstorms could hit Balochistan's coastal areas and also touch some areas of Karachi early on Thursday.
Fishermen and small craft owners in Balochistan and Karachi's coastal areas have also been advised to take precautionary measures and not venture into the deep sea until the landfall was confirmed.
People seldom pay heed to advisories in Pakistan and often defy the government ban of entering water during rough seas.
At least 23 picnickers had lost their lives on Eidul Fitr after drowning at Karachi's Sea View beach this year. The government had then taken strict against against violators of the ban on bathing imposed under Section 144 of the criminal procedure code.
Several deaths had been reported earlier when cyclone ‘Yemyin 03B’ had hit Pakistan's coastal areas in June 2007 and Cyclone Phet in June 2010.
The name of a new tropical cyclone is determined by sequential cycling through lists of names submitted by countries which are member of five tropical cyclone regional bodies.
Cyclone ‘Nilofar’ was named by Pakistan as it was the country’s turn in an alphabetical order.