The Sindh government imposed a seven-day ban on swimming, sailing and bathing in the sea from Sunday.
A notification issued by the Karachi commissioner states that strong winds have started blowing in the province, especially in the coastal areas. “Due to their impact, the sea has become rough and turbulent with high tidal waves.”
This could pose a threat to the lives of fishermen and people who gather on the beaches for recreational purposes. The government has, therefore, imposed the restriction with “immediate effect”.
Those who violate the order will be punished under Section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code (disobedience to an order duly issued by a civil servant).
On Saturday, three boats with nearly 40 fishermen aboard capsized in Thatta. One dead body was recovered and 28 fishermen were rescued, according to officials.
Most of the missing fishermen were on a boat called Al Siddiqui. Another boat, the Syed Gulab Shah of Bahre Hassan, carrying 22 fishermen, was rescued last night, according to the Pakistan Fishermen’s Forum.