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Staying Safe During Biparjoy: Essential Precautions & Emergency Numbers

Staying Safe During Biparjoy: Essential Precautions & Emergency Numbers

An extremely severe cyclonic storm named Biparjoy is about to make landfall on the coastal areas of Sindh. With winds up to 200 km/h and sea waves rising as high as 35-40 feet, Biparjoy has the potential to cause significant damage to both life and property in Sindh. 

The expected severity of the storm has prompted the provincial government to order the evacuation of 60,000 residents from the province’s coastal areas. While Karachi is expected to remain largely safe from a direct hit, Biparjoy is forecasted to cause cloudbursts in the city. Additionally, it is expected to affect the Indian state of Gujarat.

This blog is being written to provide valuable life-saving information for individuals affected by the storm before, during, and after its landfall.

BEFORE BIPARJOY: Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Stay Informed
  2. Don’t Ignore Evacuation Orders
    • If authorities issue an evacuation order for your area, take it seriously. Leaving before the storm hits can significantly reduce the risk to your life and property.
  3. Do Prepare an Emergency Kit
    • Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, medications, batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies, and important documents.
    • Secure your home by boarding up windows, reinforcing doors, and clearing your surroundings of potential projectiles.

DURING BIPARJOY: Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Stay Indoors
    • Seek shelter in a strong building, preferably in a basement and stay away from windows.
    • Listen to a battery-powered radio or use your mobile phone for updates and instructions from local authorities.
  2. Don’t Go Out
    • Avoid unnecessary travel or outdoor activities during the storm, as strong winds, heavy rains, and flying debris pose significant risks.
  3. Disconnect Appliances
    • Unplug electrical devices and appliances to prevent damage from power surges when the storm hits or if there are electrical issues.

AFTER BIPARJOY: Do’s and Don’ts 

  1. Assess your Surroundings
    • Once the storm has passed and authorities declare it safe, cautiously check your surroundings for any hazards, such as downed power lines, flooded areas, or unstable structures.
  2. Don’t Enter Flooded Areas
    • Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas, as they may contain hidden dangers, including debris, contaminants, or snakes. 
  3. Check on Others
    • Reach out to neighbors, friends, and family members to ensure their safety and offer assistance if needed.
  4. Don’t Use Damaged Utilities
    • If you suspect damage to water, gas, or electrical lines, contact the appropriate authorities and refrain from using them until they have been inspected and deemed safe.

Emergency Numbers

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

Pakistanis are a resilient lot and by following these essential do’s and don’ts before, during  and after a tropical storm, you can minimize the risks and potential damages associated with Biparjoy. Remember, preparedness and caution are key to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Stay informed, be proactive, and prioritize your safety above all else.

Stay safe!

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