Video of Cyclone Fani going viral as Cyclone Amphan.

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Super cyclone Amphan has hit West Bengal and caused great damage to lives, infrastructure, crops and basic necessities. A number of videos of the cyclone striking the state has been shared by many of various social media platforms.

Claim: A video depicting powerful winds hitting a parking lot and and causing damage has been going viral with the claim that it is a site from Digha, West Bengal before super cyclone Amphan caused a landfall.

 

Facebook

The video has been shared by multiple accounts on Facebook.

Video from Digha before landfall of #AmphanSuperCyclone #AmphanSuperCyclone #CycloneAmphan #AmphanUpdates #Amphan

Posted by Gbn24 News Network on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Video from Digha before landfall of #AmphanSuperCyclone #AmphanSuperCyclone #CycloneAmphan #AmphanUpdates #Amphan

Posted by Live TV News on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Twitter

The claim was also viral on Twitter. Nistula Hebbar, an Indian journalist also tweeted the same.

 

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WhatsApp

The viral video was also doing rounds with the same claim on WhatsApp.

 

 

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The viral video is not of super cyclone Amphan hitting West Bengal. The video is of cyclone Fani that hit Odisha an year ago. The truth was found by a simple key frame. reverse image and key word search. The video was featured by Economic Times while covering Cyclone Fani. Cyclone Fani was a very strong tropical cyclone that hit the state of Odisha, India in 2019. It caused great damage and killed around 64 people in Odisha.

Every time a natural disaster occurs, social media buzzes with unrelated videos of older incidents. This is one of the many examples of the same.

 

Attached below is the visual featured in The Economic Times’ website.

Source: The Economic Times

 

The viral video can be seen in the first 23 seconds of this video shared on The Economic Times’ YouTube page.

Source: The Economic Times 

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