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Karachi: Heavy rains are expected in Karachi and other coastal areas of the province in the next 24 to 48 hours as a deep depression over east central Arabian Sea has intensified into tropical cyclone Ashobaa, currently present 750 kilometres south of the city.

In its latest warning issued on Monday, the Pakistan meteorological department said the cyclone is likely to move north north-westward in next 24 hours and the sea along the Sindh and Balochistan coastal stretch will remain rough whereas stormy winds will be observed from Monday afternoon to Friday.

“A well-marked low-pressure area over east central Arabian Sea has rapidly intensified into a deep depression during last 12 hours and now lies around latitude 15.5N and longitude 68.3E around 750 kilometres south of Karachi,” it was stated in the warning. Naeem Shah, the chief meteorologist and in-charge if the Cyclone Warning Centre Karachi, said thundershowers were expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Thatta, Badin and Sujawal districts of lower Sindh in the next 24 hours to 48 hrs.

Shah advised fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan not to venture into the open sea from Monday to Thursday.



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