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This Video Was Not Shot During India’s Cyclone Biparjoy

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
16th June 2023
This Video Was Not Shot During India’s Cyclone Biparjoy
The video predates Cyclone Biparjoy in India (Twitter)

The Claim

A video features the crash of massive waves against a bridge in Gujarat, India, caused by Cyclone Biparjoy.

Emerging story

Following the impact of Cyclone Biparjoy in India, a video clip started circulating on social media, purportedly showing massive waves crashing against a bridge located in Gujarat. 

The video was widely shared by social media users to illustrate the effects of the cyclone in the region.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team found the video making the rounds to be outdated and unrelated to the recent Cyclone Biparjoy in India.

The Video Predates Cyclone Biparjoy in India

The first publisher of the video was a YouTube channel bearing the name Dweepdiary Lakshadweep. 

The video dates back to August 26, 2017, and specifically documents an incident where huge waves impacted the Minicoy Island Eastern Jetty on August 23, 2017, according to the caption.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the original video from YouTube.

On August 24, 2017, the video was also published by another YouTube channel under the caption, “Minicoy Eastern Jetty ROUGH SEAS.”

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Minicoy Island, India

Minicoy, also referred to as Maliku, is an island located in Lakshadweep, India. It forms part of the southernmost atoll, known as Maliku atoll, along with Viringili. 

Administratively, Minicoy is recognized as a census town within the Indian Union territory of Lakshadweep. Geographically, the island is positioned 425 km west of Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala.

Cyclone Biparjoy in India

Tropical Cyclone Biparjoy has made landfall in the western state of Gujarat, India, near the border with Pakistan, resulting in the release of powerful gusts of wind that uprooted trees and caused electricity poles to fall.

At the time of landfall, Biparjoy was classified as a strong tropical storm with wind speeds of 65 mph (100 kph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. 

The meteorological department in Pakistan issued warnings of widespread dust storms and thunderstorms in the southern province of Sindh, accompanied by heavy rainfall and squally winds of 50-60 mph (80-100 kph).

As of Friday morning local time, there have been reports of two deaths in India, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to nine due to the cyclone.

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