After the Hudhud hits people in AP and Odisha, severe cyclone Nilofar generates anxiety and fear as it may reportedly hit both regions in India and Pakistan.
While Pakistan is gearing up to cope with the cyclone headed its way,
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has been asked to take necessary measures to meet the challenge posed by cyclone Nilofar.
"The NDMA in coordination with the provincial disaster management authorities of Sindh and Balochistan is ensuring all actions, including possible precautionary evacuation of people living in coastal areas," NDMA chairman Major General Mohammad Saeed Aleem said.
However, Indian Meteorological Department has warned that Cyclone Nilofar from the Arabian Sea, is likely to hit India’s Gujarat state as well as Pakistan’s southern coastal areas on Friday morning.
According to reports, an official MS Patel of Gujarat’s Kutch district said, “Our district level officers have been sent to villages in the coastal areas to identify the population that is to be relocated.” He said they will shift people in the coastal regions from Tuesday.
As per reports, the cyclonic storm has intensified and is more than 1,100 km away from Karachi, which is the provincial capital of Sindh. The provincial governments have been asked to be prepared for evacuating people from low-lying areas near the coast, especially those living in hutments, and shifting them to high places, Dawn online reported.
The Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) said the cyclonic conditions had developed because of the deep depression over central western parts of the Arabian Sea. According to the Pakistan Met Dept, the cyclone will gradually intensify to ‘very severe tropical cyclone’, creating rough conditions on the sea from Wednesday to Friday.
Reports say, the cyclone will first move west-northwest direction towards the Oman coast and then move north-eastward and is likely to hit coastal areas in Gujarat in India and southeast Sindh in Pakistan. The coastal area of Sindh so far warned of its impact include Nagarparkar, Mithi, Chor, Umerkot, Chachro, Islamkot, Thatta, Jati, Keti Bunder, Badin and Karachi where it will bring light to heavy rain and thundershowers accompanied by strong gusty winds between Wednesday and Friday.
The NDMA has asked local authorities to ensure that people refrain from swimming in the sea and issue regular forecasts and warnings to people, ships and ports.
Cyclone Nilofar was not anticipated to hit the country’s coastline, but with the progressive development of meteorological conditions over the Arabian Sea, there are strong indications that the sea conditions along the coast might get rough to very rough from Wednesday to Friday.
The cyclone may hit the Gwadar coastline Tuesday.
It also forecast heavy rains in other coastal areas of Balochistan.
However, the fishermen are warned to avoid the sea and the people of coastal areas are asked to be ready for evacuation in case of any emergency by the authorities.
Also, India’s National Disaster Response Force has been put on alert in Gujarat since Monday.