Alarm bells are ringing in Pakistan after a man who claims to have “extrasensory perception” sent a letter to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi predicting a cataclysmic tsunami by the end of 2017.
In his letter sent in September, Babu Kalayil warned a devastating earthquake could shake the Indian Ocean in December and trigger a massive tsunami which would affect seven Asian countries, including Pakistan and India.
And while Indian media may have laughed off his warning, it seems the Government are not taking his letter lightly – as officials have started preparations to deal with a potential natural disaster.
Mr Kalayil wrote: “In the Indian Ocean there is an earthquake expecting before 31 December 2017.
“This vigorous earthquake can be shared the entire coast of the Asian continental areas. Moreover this the effect will even replaced the boundary of the sea shore.”
The letter went on to warn that 11 Asian nations could be affected by the quake, including China, India, Japan, Nepal, Indonesia and Afghanistan,
Now, another letter has been doing the rounds on the social media in which the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) acting deputy chairman allegedly directed that standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the matter may be prepared.
The second letter seems to suggest that the absurd prediction has been taken seriously by officials in Pakistan.
The letter from ERRA read: “An Information Report has been received from DG, Inter-Services Intelligence that there is, reportedly, likelihood of large scale earthquake, as being expected, in the Indian Ocean in near future which may vigorously shake the Asian continental areas, including Pakistan.
“There is, therefore, a need to sensitise concern departments to be on vigil and take care of any natural disaster.
“The SOPs will be put up to ERRA’s acting deputy chairman by Monday, November 6, 2017.”
According to BBC Urdu, there is no scientific basis for this prediction as there is no such technology available in the world that can report an earthquake more than 15 seconds before it strikes.
“ERRA has also started its work by writing the letter.”
He added it was not possible to predict earthquakes, but said that did not mean it would not be possible in the future.
He added: “Therefore, we should not ignore such information and should prepare because there is a threat of an undersea earthquake in this area and there have been tremors here in the past as well.”