Pre-Monsoon activities have picked up pace across North India from Monday, which has given relief to people as temperatures have witnessed a significant fall.
In the midst of these changes in the weather, people in India are receiving a forward on their WhatsApp numbers that is creating a sense of panic.
The message reads- A very severe weather system is entering north India any time today Strongest winds in 7 years with heavy rains and hails are expected. Heavy down pours likely to continue for 48 hours throughout northern Punjab n Kpk. Please take all precautions as winds gusting upto 100 Km are likely to cause serious damage. Avoid unusual outside exposure n keep cars under cover
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When Newsmobile read the message carefully we found the names of two regions mentioned in the message- Punjab and Kpk.
Punjab is a state in India and a province in Pakistan, making the information ambiguous.
To make things clearer we looked for Kpk and found that Kpk or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the four administrative provinces of Pakistan, located in the northwestern region of the country along the international border with Afghanistan.
When we looked for the message on the internet we found similar warnings for Pakistan.
On further research, we came across a tweet by the Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad, Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat.
A very severe weather system is entering Pakistan any time after midnight today. Strongest winds in 7 years with heavy rains and hails are expected for 48 hours. Please take all precautions. Cover your cars and avoid unusual exposure. ICT Administration will remain vigilant 🇵🇰⛈
— Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) April 16, 2019
We also came across an article on a Pakistani website ‘Tribune’. The article has a statement by the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration.
Above information proves that the WhatsApp message is misleading and should not be shared.
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