Fact Check: More Powerful than Cyclone Amphan, Cyclone Tauktae to Hit Bengal

A misleading information claiming Cyclone Tauktae is going to create havoc in Bengal, is doing rounds on social media platforms. According to the claims, a tropical cyclone named Tauktae is hitting West Bengal between last week of March 2021 and 1st week of April, 2021. The cyclone is claimed to be more powerful than Cyclone Amphan and is once again going create havoc in West Bengal, crippling lives across the state. The information has triggered panic and confusion among the people of the state.

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So, we at News Sense decided to find out the truth for all. As we began our investigation, we found several misleading posts and thus we contacted Indian Meteorological Department, IMD. According to them the information is baseless and fake and issued the following clarification.

IMD Kolkata clarifies that this is a fake news and as of now there is no possibility of hitting of tropical cyclone in West Bengal during next 10 days. Any formation of Tropical Cyclone over Bay of Bengal and it’s impact (if any) over West Bengal will be intimated well in advance through all available communication channels like website, press release, e-mail and different social media.

Thus we can confirm that the misleading news doing rounds on social media platforms is fake.

West Bengal in May 2020 witnessed, devastating Super cyclone Amphan, which has left Kolkata devastated despite precautionary and disaster-management steps taken by the state administration. Cyclone Amphan, the worst in 283 years has killed 72 people. The cyclone which swept through several parts of the state of West Bengal, including capital Kolkata, left thousands of homes damaged, trees and electric poles were uprooted. Due to the cyclone Amphan, West Bengal had suffered losses of around 1 lakh crore.

Claim: Cyclone Tauktae is hitting West Bengal between last week of March 2021 and 1st week of April, 2021.

Conclusion: IMD Clarifies, there is no possibility of hitting of tropical cyclone in West Bengal during next 10 days.

NB: Don’t share or forward any misleading information on your social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, by doing so you are also becoming someone, who is creating panic and confusion among the larger mass and this is a punishable offense.

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