Fact Check: Video Of Cyclone Fani Shared With Claim Of Destruction By Cyclone Amphan In West Bengal

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates a viral video shared with claim that it is showing strong winds was shot just before Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Bengal.

West Bengal   |   23 May 2020 8:05 AM GMT
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
Fact Check: Video Of Cyclone Fani Shared With Claim Of Destruction By Cyclone Amphan In West Bengal

Cyclone Amphan which made landfall on Wednesday (20 May) battered West Bengal and left a trail of death and destruction.

Reportedly, the cyclone has claimed lives of 80 people as of now and has left thousands homeless. The cyclone also hit Odisha, damaging power and telecom infrastructure in several coastal districts.

In light of this, a video is doing the rounds on social media platforms with the claim that it shows Amphan hitting parts of West Bengal.

The video shows a structure ripped off beside a parking lot by strong winds.

The posts claim that the video was shot in Digha, a coastal resort town in Purba Medinipur district, West Bengal and that this scene occurred minutes before the cyclone hit the land areas in Bengal.


The video is showing destruction caused as Cyclone Amphan hit Digha, West Bengal.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

A Google Reverse Image search was done by breaking the video into individual frames and using the tool InVid.

This led to a Youtube video uploaded on May 4, 2019.

"Cyclone FANI Destroying Clips 25," reads the caption of the video.

Further, a report by Economic Times published on May 3, 2019, also carried the viral video.

The same video was also uploaded on The Economic Times' official YouTube channel on May 3, 2019.

Cyclone Fani

Cyclone Fani was one of the strongest storms to hit the Indian subcontinent in decades, which made landfall near Puri, India, on the morning of May 3, 2019. The speed of the wind was recorded at more than 120 miles per hour.

India and Bangladesh had each evacuated more than a million people from coastal areas during that time.

Therefore the video being circulated is a year old and definitely does not show visuals from Cyclone Amphan.

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Claim Review :  Viral video showing strong winds was shot just before Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Bengal.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor- Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Vijay S Hegde

Vijay S Hegde

Trainee Creative Producer

"I am a creative, artistic and ambitious designer, with a talent for thinking outside the box and coming up with innovative ideas and designs. I graduated with a 1st Class honors degree in Video Editing from MAYA ACADEMY OF ADVANCED CINEMATICS"

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