Cyclone Amphan Havoc at Digha, West Bengal – Video: Fact Check


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Scary video of Cyclone Amphan at Digha, West Bengal just Now.

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Video from Digha, West Bengal. Super cyclone Amphan just about to have a landfall.

(Hindi)
कोलकाता में आये अम्फान तूफान का live दृश्य

Fact Check:

A ‘scary’ video is circulating on social media purporting to show super cyclone Amphan at Digha in West Bengal state of India just before landfall. The video is also doing rounds with claims saying it shows live destructive scenes of Amphan cyclone from Kolkata. Nonetheless, the video is an old one showing Cyclone Fani in Odisha state of India.

Not Cyclone Amphan Video from West Bengal

The video doing rounds on social media shows heavy rain and windstorm lashing out thatched constructions beside a group of parked cars. Unlike the claims, the video is not from Digha, a town in West Bengal state of India. It is also not Amphan violence in Kolkata. Some YouTube users uploaded the same video in early May 2019 as damage of Cyclone Fani in Odisha state of India. Economic Times website economictimes.indiatimes.com also reported about the video on 3rd May along with a video.

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. Though the ‘extremely severe’ cyclone unexpectedly weakened into ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm in a matter of few hours, it left a trail of devastation in large parts of coastal Odisha, with the seaside pilgrim town of Puri being the worst hit. (Text: PTI)

Cyclonic Storm Fani or the ‘Hood of Snake’ was an extremely severe tropical cyclonic storm, which created widespread destruction in Eastern India and Bangladesh. It in fact formed on 26th April 2019 in west of Sumatra, Indian Ocean and dissipated on 5th May 2019. Cyclone Fani was at its peak intensity on 2nd May, while approaching Odisha.

About Cyclone Amphan

On the other hand, the Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan was a very powerful and deadly tropical cyclone causing widespread damage over East India and Bangladesh in May 2020. Amphan made landfall on 20th May 2020 devastating Kolkata. It caused havoc, high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse in coastal areas of India and Bangladesh. Relief and restoration efforts are going on as of this writing.

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