Gwadar coastal areas; High alert imposed with section 144

In preparation for the approaching cyclone, Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo has imposed Section 144 along Balochistan’s coastal belt, prioritizing the safety of residents and fishermen. This measure includes restricting fishermen from accessing coastal areas to ensure their well-being amidst the potential risks posed by the cyclone. Additionally, due to the cyclone threat, people are prohibited from visiting the coastal areas as picnic spots.

As per the instructions, all employees of relevant departments have had their leaves canceled, and hospitals have been put on high alert to deal with any emergencies that may arise. Commissioner of Makran and Commissioner of Gwadar have been assigned the responsibility of overseeing the measures taken to tackle the challenges posed by the cyclone.

Furthermore, coordination has been established among law enforcement agencies, civil administration, and all relevant departments to ensure effective implementation of the imposed regulations. The opinion and expertise of local fishermen, who are considered well-versed in dealing with such situations, are being sought to assess the current conditions.

In line with the expected situation, the Chief Minister has been briefed by the Director-General of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) regarding the preparedness and arrangements for emergency operations. The PDMA team, along with necessary equipment, is already present in Gwadar to respond promptly if required.

Continuous monitoring of the situation is being carried out, and the Chief Minister has emphasized the need to strictly adhere to the established protocol. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been devised to effectively deal with various emergency scenarios that may arise during the cyclone.

With an unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of the residents, the Chief Minister has directed comprehensive preparations to effectively tackle any challenges posed by the cyclone. The authorities are fully prepared to handle the situation and are closely monitoring its developments to take prompt action as needed.