Boats may stay anchored till next mid-week though the Met office on Friday advised the fishermen to resume operation from next Sunday as cyclone Nilofar will further lose its intensity in the next 24 hours. However, dozens of boats are expected to remain moored due to the Muharram holidays. “Around 80 boats, currently moored at the dock in the wake of cyclone’s threat, are likely to restart their fishing activities by next Wednesday because of Muharram holidays,” officials at Karachi Fish Harbour Authority a told Business Recorder.
They said the threat from cyclone Nilofar was almost over as Met office has forecast the marine weather conditions are beginning to smoothen in the next 24 hours. “Karachi Fish Harbour Authority (KFHA) has set up an emergency centre to help boats and fishermen reach the dock in case cyclone strikes the coastal and offshore parts,” they said, adding that “the cyclone threat now seems to be over.”
“The depression is almost stationary and likely to further weaken into a ‘low pressure area’ today [Friday] evening/night then it would move slightly north-westward before dissipation over the water on Saturday,” the Met office said in its tropical advisory-10. The Met office said the tropical cyclone (Nilofar) in the Arabian Sea has weakened into depression and now positioned at latitude 21.2°N and longitude 65.2°E, some 490 kilometers south-south-west off Karachi coast.
The cyclone, at present, tears at average estimated wind speed between 20 and 30 knots with gusting winds up to 40 knots an hour. The weather system is likely to trigger scattered rain coupled with thundershowers and few downpour spells in lower Sindh and nearby coasts of Lasbealla, Balochistan in the next 36 hours, the office said. However, it warned that the sea condition along with Pakistan coasts is expected to remain from rough to very rough till Saturday. “The fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan may resume their activities from Sunday,” it added.
“The boats’ sudden return to the dock chocked the entire navigational channel of fish harbour soon after the cyclone warning, which may cause a delay in resumption of fishing activities,” fish harbour officials said. Met office said scatered rains, thunderstorms with few heavy falls, accompanied by strong gusty winds, are expected in lower Sindh (Thatta, Badin, Umerkot, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad districts, Karachi division) and adjoining coast of Lasbella. Isolated rain-thunderstorm is expected in Sukkur, Kalat, Makran, Malakand, Peshawar divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan. Dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country, it added.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT