No imminent threat of cyclone to Pakistan, says Met Office

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Staff Report

KARACHI

A low-pressure area in the East Arabian Sea has strengthened into a depression, which will likely to strengthen further into a Tropical Cyclone during next 36 hours, said a statement released by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre of the weather department has informed that the well-marked low-pressure area in the Arabian Sea has been at a distance of about 1500 km south of Karachi, the statement said.

The cyclonic activity lay centred around Latitude 11.7N and Longitude 71.0E.

The system is likely to move initially North or Northwest-ward and strengthen further into a Tropical Cyclone during next 36 hours, highlighting trajectory of the cyclonic activity, the centre said.

The met department has further said that currently, the coastal areas of Pakistan are not under any threat. However, the fishermen of Sindh have been advised to remain alert and not venture in the deep sea.

The PMD has advised authorities and stakeholders to remain abreast of the updates about the cyclonic activity.

Maharashtra state government in neighbouring India in an advisory on Sunday said that a cyclone is likely in the Arabian Sea some 300 kilometres off the country’s west coast between June 11-12.

The track of the cyclone may allow the continued flow of moist westerly winds onto the western coastal regions of India, said weather experts. There is a good possibility that this system may enhance precipitation in the western coastal regions of the country including Mumbai.