'Neelofar' getting stronger, few hundred km away from Karachi



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14/10/27  KARACHI: – Cyclone that initiated from Arabian Sea named as ‘Neelofar’ is just a few hundred kilometers away from Karachi. According to Met office, Neelofar is 1140 km away from Karachi while 1060 km away from Gwadar. The cyclone is expected to get even stronger tonight. Coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan are also feared to get impacted by the cyclone. Fishermen present in the open sea have been warned to reach back by Wednesday evening.

According to meteorological department, A04 (Neelofar) will move towards Oman within next 24 hours at a speed of 8 km per hour. After that, it will start moving towards coastal areas of Sindh and India. Hurricanes and heavy rains are expected on the 29th and 30th of October on coastal areas of Pakistan. A control room has been established at met office to monitor the cyclone minute-by-minute. Chief meteorologist Tauseef Alam has suggested moving the residents of coastal line to safer places.

Section 144 and ban on swimming in the sea have been imposed in Karachi considering the cyclone. According to met department, cyclone will end on 31st October near coastal areas of Indian Gujrat and Sindh.