This video has circulated since at least May 2019 in reports about Cyclone Fani lashing India
A video showing a structure destroyed by heavy rain and strong winds has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times alongside a claim it was captured in the Dugha district of India’s West Bengal state during Cyclone Amphan. The claim is false; this video has circulated online since at least May 2019 about damage caused by Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneswar, a city in the east Indian state of Odisha.
The 15-second video was published here on Facebook on May 20, 2020.
It has been viewed more than 272,000 times.
The video caption states: “Cyclone "Amphan" at Digha, West Bengal.”
The claim is false.
A reverse image search of keyframes extracted from the video in the misleading post using InVID-WeVerify, a digital verification tool, found the same clip published in this May 3, 2019 report by the Indian newspaper The Economic Times.
The video description reads, in part: “Cyclone Fani barrelled through Odisha Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses, and swamping towns and villages, officials said.
“The extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' or the 'Hood of Snake' made landfall around 8 am in Puri, with roaring winds flattening huts, enveloping the pilgrim town in sheets of rain, and submerging homes.”
The same video was also published on The Economic Times’ official YouTube channel here on May 3, 2019.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (L) and The Economic Times’ video (R):
Longer versions of the video in the misleading posts have also been shared here, here and here on YouTube dated May 3 and May 4, 2019, alongside descriptions that state the clip shows damage caused by Cyclone Fani.
Cyclone Fani was a major tropical cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh in May 2019. Here is an AFP report on the disaster.