Very rare tornado hits Assam, India

assam tornado may 7 2022

A low-intensity tornado hit the district of Barpeta, Assam, India on May 7, 2022, damaging 7 huts.
The tornado started from the banks of the Brahmaputra river, which flows close to Rowmari village, and remained restricted to a small area. While northern India is prone to tornadoes, this event was described by meteorologists as very rare.

According to Berpeta deputy commissioner Tej Prasad Bhushal, the tornado was of very low intensity.1 “It took place at Rowari village in Chenga area of the district at 10:20 [LT] and lasted for a few minutes.”

“Seven huts were damaged in the incident, but no deaths or injuries took place.”

“We don’t have exact details of the incident as there’s no weather observatory in that location. But from photos and videos of it seen on social media, it seems to be a light intensity tornado,” said Sunit Das, a scientist at the Guwahati office of the India Meteorological Department.

“Most of us may not be aware, but northeast India is prone to tornadoes,” Das said. “But a tornado like the one witnessed on Saturday at Barpeta is very rare.”

References:

1 Tornado strikes Assam, experts call it ‘very rare’ – Hindustan Times – May 8, 2022

Featured image: Tornado hits Assam, India on May 7, 2022. Credit: EastMojo (stillshot)

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