A WhatsApp message with wrong facts on how Chennai is on high alert after NASA declared that there would be a "hurricane" and that the rainfall will be about "250 cm in Chennai," is doing the rounds.
The message is clearly false.
Though the origin of the message is unknown, it is going viral with many distressed citizens in Tamil Nadu forwarding it.
Here's the message:
Guys CHENNAI IS ON HIGH ALERT NOW!!!
NASA has warned INDIA tat CHENNAI will suffer ah very very high rainfall with a hurricane !!!
NASA has given 2 dates 21,22 ...on these 2 days unpredictable rainfall in the history of INDIA will lash tamilnadu ...the rainfall will be about 250 cm in CHENNAI!!!
So indian central gov has now deployed 3000 NDRF to tamilnadu and border security force and airforce and army on the toes....!!
NASA's prediction never miss....!
Watch CNN IBN they r telecasting the live show....!!
While NASA has weighed in on the rains that lashed Chennai, it has only stepped in to check the extent of the severe weather and to analyze the data.
A report in The Financial Express adds:
One of the lows, designated System 97B continued to linger along the southeastern Indian coast on November 17. As System 97B and another low pressure area dropped heavy rainfall, NASA and partners around the world gathered data using an array of satellites.
The News Minute called the MET department, who said that only light showers are expected in Chennai on Wednesday. IBN has also not made any such telecast.
The original message from NASA is over two years old when NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Cyclone Helen as it was making landfall in eastern India on November 22, 2013.
This is not the first time such an incident has occurred either with an earlier viral message claiming that NASA had predicted an earthquake in India - a claim that was rubbished on many levels.