July 12, 2023

WRONG INFORMATION: This is with reference to the report ‘Timeline: Cyclones over the years with Pakistan in their path’ (Dawn.Com, June 13). The information given about the cyclone that had supposedly hit Karachi on Dec 15, 1965, and “killed around 10,000 people” is factually incorrect. The cyclone had actually struck Chittagong in the erstwhile East Pakistan which subsequently became Bangladesh. The misleading information is available on a personal blog of a ‘weather hobbyist’, and has unfortunately been mentioned even in a document titled: “Living With Disasters: Disaster profiling of districts of Pakistan’ that is available on the website of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Let there be no confusion, Karachi has never in its history faced such a calamity.

Shakir Lakhani