Boys sail, while people on a fishing boat prepare to catch fish, after a ban was imposed on coastal activities following the cyclonic storm, Biparjoy, over the Arabian Sea, at the Ibrahim Hyderi fishing village on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan June 12, 2023. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

How to stay safe during Cyclone Biparjoy

The Sindh government has evacuated a total of 26,855 people from the vulnerable Districts of Thatta, Badin, and Sujawal, Memon tweeted on Tuesday.
Published June 13, 2023

Evacuations continued in Sindh as Cyclone Biparjoy crept closer to the province’s coastal belt on Tuesday.

An alert issued by the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre said the cyclone had moved further north-northwestward during the last 12 hours and had reduced in intensity from an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” into a “very severe cyclonic storm”.

The latest alert said that the cyclone now lay at a distance of about 340km south-southwest of Karachi, 355km south-southwest Thatta and 275km south-southwest of Keti Bandar.

Which areas will be affected?

While the cyclone approaches the southeast Sindh coast, dust/thunderstorm-rain and heavy squally winds of 80-100km/hr are expected in Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Karachi, Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Shaheed Benazirabad and Sanghar districts during 13-17 June. It is expected to make landfall between Pakistan’s Keti Bandar and Indian Guj­arat on June 15.

Squally (high intensity) winds may cause damage to loose and vulnerable structures, like kutcha houses, including solar panels etc. At the same time, storm surge of 3-3.5 meters (8-12 feet) are expected at the land falling point (Keti Bandar and around) which can inundate the low-lying settlements.

Dos and don’ts

Authorities like the Sindh government and the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) tweeted the dos and don’ts of what to do in the lead up to, during and after the cyclone.

Before the cyclone, you should:

  • Ignore rumours, stay calm and don’t panic
  • Keep your mobile phone charged to ensure connectivity
  • Keep your valuables and documents in water-proof containers
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential items for safety and survival
  • Ensure you have an ample supply of food, water, first aid kit and medicines
  • Remove valuable items from basements and ground floors
  • Clear loose objects from your rooftops to prevent them from being carried away by strong winds
  • Keep a ready supply of torches and candles in case of power outages
  • Separately, DHA recommended residents to voluntarily evacuate
  • Secure the solar panels on your roofs so that they do not cause any damage to neighbours or anyone passing by
  • DHA also recommended residents with fibreglass tanks to safeguard, protect and cover them so as to prevent them from being carried away

—Courtesy @DHAKarachiofc
—Courtesy @DHAKarachiofc

—Courtesy @DHAKarachiofc
—Courtesy @DHAKarachiofc

—Courtesy @DHAKarachiofc
—Courtesy @DHAKarachiofc

Residents of residential and commercial buildings have also been provided instructions for their protection.

  • Make temporary walls with sandbags or block masonry at the entrance of basements
  • All compulsory open spaces are to be kept clear of any obstructions to avoid the poundage of excessive water
  • Drains at the main gates should be cleaned thoroughly
  • Rooftops of all buildings should be kept clear of temporary/unauthorised construction and material
  • Roof treatment should be carried out to prevent damage to the structures
  • All naked or loose electric connections should be secured
  • All manholes and pipes should be cleaned

—Courtesy @DHAKarachiofc
—Courtesy @DHAKarachiofc

During and after the cyclone, you should:

If indoors:

  • Switch off electrical mains and gas supply
  • Keep doors and windows shut
  • Rely only on official warnings
  • Look after the children in the house when it is raining

If outdoors:

  • Do not enter damaged buildings
  • Seek safe shelter as soon as possible
  • Watch out for broken electric wires, poles and other sharp objects

Fishermen are advised to keep their boats/rafts tied up in a safe place and under no condition should venture out into the sea. A ban on coastal activities is currently in place and will remain so until June 17.

—Courtesy @Sindhinfodepart
—Courtesy @Sindhinfodepart

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, via his Twitter account, has laid down precautions for communities likely to be affected by the cyclone.

He says that cyclones can cause severe damage to coastal communities, including flooding, strong winds, and storm surges.

He says:

  • The population of coastal belts residing in low-lying areas is directed to move to relief camps established by the district administration/DDMAs by 6:00pm on June 13

  • Farmers/cattle herders are directed to take all necessary mitigative and precautionary measures to safeguard their crops and livestock, ie, timely harvesting, safe storage, safe sheltering or any precaution from adverse effects of dust-wind-thunderstorms

—Courtesy Sindh PDMA
—Courtesy Sindh PDMA

Meanwhile, South Senior Superintendent of Police Syed Asad Raza released details about the placement of emergency and rescue vehicles in DHA.

— Courtesy SSP South Asad Raza Twitter
— Courtesy SSP South Asad Raza Twitter

— Courtesy SSP South Asad Raza Twitter
— Courtesy SSP South Asad Raza Twitter

Emergency contact details

Provincial Disaster Management Authority helpline: 0335-5557362

  • Control Room South (021) 99205628
  • Control Room Korangi (021) 99333926
  • Control Room Keamari (021) 99333176
  • Control Room Malir (021) 99248916
  • Control Room Badin (0297) 920013
  • Control Room Thatta (0298) 920061-3
  • Control Room Sujawal (0298) 510833

DHA helpline: 1092, 0323-2652384, 021-3540009, 021-111-589-589

Ambulance contact details:

  • DHA Phase I - 0303-2756466
  • S&V Directory Office, Street 34 - 0314-8096813
  • DHACSS SKBZ Campus - 0306-2555293
  • DHA Medical Centre Phase VI - 0313-2333863

The location and contact details of ad-hoc medical centres are as follows:

Park Lane Hospital - 0308-2963602 Bay View Hospital - 021-35246237

Defence Housing Authority numbers for information:

  • Camp 1 (Sadaf Market phase 1): 03040926424
  • Camp 2 (Ayesha mosque, Phase 3): 03040926472
  • Camp 3 (Petrol pump at Bahria: 03040926473
  • Camp 4 (Clock Tower Restaurant: 03040926471

Relief Camps

Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman also listed the evacuation centres in Sindh for the high impact districts.


  1. Government Boys High School Baghan
  2. Government Primary School Baghan.
  3. TCF school Pir Dino Shah jhaloo
  4. TCF school Baboo Qanad
  5. TCF school Baghan
  6. TCF school Jhangiser
  7. Boys High School Garho
  8. Boys Degree College Garho
  9. Veterinary Hospital Garho


  1. Government Girls Degree College Sujawal
  2. Government Boys Degree College Sujawal.
  3. Government Boys High School Sujawal.-I
  4. Government Boys High School Sujawal.-II
  5. Government Girls High School Sujawal
  6. Muriro Markaz Sujawal
  7. Government Primary Main School Chandia
  8. Government Primary School Madarsa Site Sujawal
  9. Government Primary School Madarsa Site Sujawal
  10. Government Primary School Haji Younus Mirbahar
  11. Government Higher Secondary School Jati.
  12. SEF School, Jati Town
  13. Main Primary School Jati.
  14. GHS Begna Mori


  1. Government Mono Technical Institute S.F Rahu
  2. GPS Khamiso khachi
  3. GBPS SF Rahu
  4. GGHS SF Rahu
  5. Army Public School SF Rahu
  6. GPS Netraj Kohli
  7. GBPS Shono Kohli
  8. Benazir Colony
  9. Cambridge school
  10. GBPS Ahmed Raju
  11. GMS Bhugra Memon
  12. GHS Allah Bachayo Talpur
  13. GHS Allah Bahcayo Talpur Near Seerani GMS
  14. Bhugra Memon

Header image: Boys sail, while people on a fishing boat prepare to catch fish, after a ban was imposed on coastal activities following the cyclonic storm, Biparjoy, over the Arabian Sea, at the Ibrahim Hyderi fishing village on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan June 12, 2023. —Reuters/Akhtar Soomro