Now Reading: These Videos Show the Devastating Aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae in Karachi
The powerful Cyclone Tauktae has finally weakened into a “severe cyclonic storm” after passing through Gujarat, India, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. The Met Office had released its final Cyclone Tauktae warning, predicting dust and thunderstorm rain in Thar and Umerkot over the next 12 hours earlier.
The “very strong cyclonic storm” strengthened into a “extremely severe cyclonic storm” as it crossed Gujarat, India, and has now weakened to a “severe cyclonic storm” laying over Rajasthan, India, according to the Met Office. Sea conditions were expected to remain rough until later, according to PMD, and fishermen in Sindh were advised to stay out of the deep sea.
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“During the next 12 hours, a few dust/thunderstorm-rain [spells] accompanied by gusty winds of 30-50 km/h may occur in Tharparkar and Umerkot districts,” the advisory said, adding that hot and dry weather will continue in Karachi, Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Badin, and Mirpurkhas districts on Tuesday
Thus as predicted earlier, Cyclone Tauktae approached Sindh’s coastal areas on Tuesday evening, causing a major dust storm to strike Karachi. Windy conditions prevailed throughout the region, with intermittent showers also noted in some areas.
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After the city had been in the grips of an extreme heat spell for two days, this dust storm, followed by light rain struck parts of Karachi on Tuesday evening, killing at least four people in roof collapse incidents. As dark clouds obscured parts of the area, gusty winds could be seen blowing objects around.
As the storm hit the city, residents in some areas recorded power outages shortly after this weather change. Malir, Shah Faisal Town, Tariq bin Ziyad Society, Model Colony, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Jackson Market, Orangi, Landhi, and Korangi were among the areas targeted.
Karachi 16h50 May 18 pic.twitter.com/mq4OoJ3ZeT
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It was confirmed earlier that despite not being in direct danger from the cyclone itself, Karachi would be experiencing quite a lot of duststorms. And so it happened. According to a Karachi Police release, strong winds caused roofs to collapse in several places, killing a man and a woman in Dabba Colony, a nine-year-old boy in Shershah, and a man in Baldia No. 14.
Meanwhile, traffic in a Nazimabad neighborhood was moving slowly after a tree fell across a lane. The flyover was used to redirect traffic from the Habib Bank to Nazimabad. It was truly a nightmare for those who somehow didn’t get the PSA and those who did alike. The only slightly hopeful thing to come out of this was the scorching heat no longer being present in Karachi.
Suddenly from a dust storm to rain.
— Dinshaw Avari (@DinshawAvari) May 18, 2021
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Some poorly built buildings didn’t have so much of a field day as the luxury hotels though. Case in point:
Oh my God!! UBL building in Karachi. #CycloneTauktae 😰
May God keep everyone safe! pic.twitter.com/DFsOQdGgaS
— Shiffa Z. Yousafzai (@Shiffa_ZY) May 18, 2021
Another POV of the collapse:
— Sabena Siddiqi (@sabena_siddiqi) May 18, 2021
As the storm has settled down, hopefully the dust storms are soon gone too.