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Big storms in Pakistan: ‘The bodies of missing people, including my father, were swept away by the waves of the sea’

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Now speaking of hurricanes, I remember a time many years ago when we left home in chaos. From all sides came the same voice that run, the storm is coming. I was young then, I also ran away with my father, but later my father disappeared and a sister was killed. We were in the camp for several days.

This is about Muhammad Akram, a resident of Thatta district of Sindh province, who is currently working in Karachi. Muhammad Akram’s family is among the victims of the worst cyclone in Pakistan’s history in 1999.

In 1999, this storm left hundreds of people dead and missing in Sindh province, while 2 million people were affected. According to the United Nations report, 138,000 houses and 256,000 hectares of agricultural land were destroyed as a result of this storm. The effects of the hurricane damage are still there.

The most affected areas of Sindh were Thatta, Badin, and Keti Port.

 

Muhammad Akram says that after many days we went back to our area and rebuilt our houses.

When I was young, my mother told me that she searched a lot for my father but could not find him. Not only us, but many loved ones also went missing whose bodies were washed away in the waves of the sea.

Mohammad Akram advised that now another storm is moving towards Katti Bandargarh, Thatta, and Badin, I pray that everyone is safe and people leave their area immediately. Don’t wait for the last minute.’

At present, Cyclone Beeparjoy is moving towards the coast of Pakistan. According to the latest information from the Meteorological Department, this storm is 490 km away from Karachi. Experts believe that the 1999 and current storms have many things in common. Above all, the 1999 hurricane has the same intensity as Viper Joy.

“Boats made of fiber were made into pulp”.

Dr. Sardar Sarfraz, Chief Meteorologist of the Meteorological Department, says that there are small and big storms in the sea and there have been many small and big storms in Pakistan in the past if you look, there are many things in common with Bapar Jawai. And the hurricane of 1999.

Apart from this, in the history of Pakistan, the cyclone ‘Yemen’ in 2007 and cyclone ‘Kisamat’ in 2010 also caused a lot of destruction.

According to marine environment expert and former Director General of Marine and Fisheries Moazzam Khan, these two storms were very terrible in which there was a lot of loss of life and property.

He said that in 2010, cyclone ‘Fat’ had hit the coastal areas of Balochistan, Chamni, and Gwadar, from the side of Oman. The intensity of this storm was so high that it turned the entire Godar upside down.

“Fiber is supposed to be strong, but this storm destroyed five hundred boats made of fiber.”

Muazzam Khan said that Cyclone Fate passed in front of Katti Bandar and Karachi while moving along the coast of Pakistan. He said that the heaviest rains in the history of Pakistan occurred during this period, seven inches of rain fell in a short period of time. Had this rain continued for a few more hours, the damage could have been huge.

Owais Haider is the chief executive of Pak Weather, a non-governmental weather monitoring organization. They say that Cyclone Fate was formed on May 31, 2010, and ended on June 7, 2010. The maximum wind speed of 155 km per hour was recorded during the three-minute duration of the storm.

He said that as a result of this storm, Karachi also faced stormy winds and heavy rains and 16 people died while the country suffered a loss of 81 million dollars.

This cyclone is considered to be the second worst cyclone in the history of Pakistan, fortunately, the loss of life and property is very low.

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2007 Hurricane Yemen


Moazzam Khan and Owais Haider agree that the 2007 Yemen cyclone is probably the third worst cyclone in the history of Pakistan.

Muazzam Khan says that Yemen left the Bay of Bengal in June and went to Afghanistan through the Indian state of Gujarat near Karachi, through Balochistan.

According to him, it was the strangest storm in its history which kept changing its direction and intensity every few hours. This storm caused a lot of destruction in the Turbat region of Balochistan.

Owais Haider says that Cyclone Yemen hit the coastal areas of Balochistan on June 26, 2007. As a result of this hurricane, winds of 65 km per hour were blowing. Dozens of people died as a result of this hurricane while around 2 million people were affected.

He said that as a result of strong winds, extremely heavy rains and gales were recorded in Karachi.

According to the media reports of that time, more than 100 people died in Karachi due to rains and related accidents in one day.

Moazzam Khan said that there is no doubt that the 1999 hurricane is the worst storm in modern history.

“But the way Bupperjoy is flying now, we think it’s in the wake of this storm, but it’s an action replay.”

Hurricane 1999 Bupper Joy ‘Action Replay’

 

Dr. Sardar Sarfraz said that except for a slight difference in dates, the current cyclone is traveling along the same path as the 1999 cyclone. It is currently at the same speed as it was in 1999 and will hit Katy Harbor in the coming days. Remember that in 1999, the typhoon also hit Katy port.

According to Dr. Sardar Sarfaraz, Baparjoy also originated from almost the same place where the 1999 cyclone occurred. We find many similarities between the 1999 storm and the current storm.

Moazzam Khan was serving as Director General in Marine and Fisheries Department in 1999 and was posted in Karachi at that time. He still remembers the events of the 1999 hurricane while still monitoring Bupperjoy via satellite.

According to Muazzam Khan, according to what has been revealed so far, the waves of the 1999 typhoon were 28 feet high, while the Bupper Joy waves are 30 to 40 feet high.

In 1999, when the cyclone hit Pakistan, it caused a lot of damage from the Indus Delta region to Badin, mainly because the safety measures were not fully arranged, people did not know that What it can do and what harm it can do. Storms and how to survive them.

Moazzam Khan said that the cyclone of 1999 caused irreparable damage to Pakistan environmentally, economically and socially. The effects of which are being felt even today. These storms are extremely dangerous. If proper measures are not taken in time to prevent them, the damages may increase.

“At this point, I think the authorities and the public are mentally prepared to deal with this storm,” he says. This is due to the availability of information whereas timely information was not available in 1999, so I hope this storm will be handled well. .’

“Jacobabad to Iran border areas absorb moisture”.

 

Muazzam Khan says that there are many small and big reasons to avoid disaster in big and terrible storms. The main reason is that all the major hurricanes that have occurred so far. Their moisture is absorbing the areas from our Jackabad to the border of Iran.

He said that our areas from Jackabad to the Iran border are extremely dry and hot areas. Whenever there was a storm, these areas would absorb its moisture without causing much damage.

“We still expect these areas to absorb some moisture from Bupper Joy,” he said, adding that it would also depend a lot on how hot and dry those areas were.

Awais Haider says that many cyclones have been observed to reduce in intensity as they approach our coastal areas. An initial perception of this storm was that it would weaken so no one paid much attention when it did, but it is not weakening.

He said that earlier cyclones were generated in years but now we are seeing that they are generated every year.

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