Cyclone Biparjoy made landfall in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat on June 15, causing heavy rainfall, strong winds, and tidal waves. Various videos claiming to be related to the cyclone circulated on social media, shared by Twitter user B N Adhikari, a retired Indian Information Service officer and former director of DD News. However, a fact check revealed that these videos were not related to Cyclone Biparjoy.
The first video, which showed a cloudburst over a water body, was actually a computer-generated imagery (CGI) created by a YouTuber in 2019. It had been falsely shared during Cyclone Nivar in 2020 as well.
The second video, depicting a boat capsizing in high tidal waves, was an old video from the US. It had been previously reported by The Associated Press in February 2023, capturing a US Coast Guard rookie swimmer rescuing a person from the ocean.
The third video, a compilation of three clips, was also misleading. The first clip was from a user called Van Sly on YouTube, shot in Texas in 2019. The authenticity of the other two clips was not verified.
The fourth video, showing dark clouds gathering over a sea beach, was falsely linked by Adhikari to Cyclone Biparjoy. It was actually a video from Mexico in September 2021, showcasing cloud cover during Hurricane Olaf.
The fifth video, featuring a dust storm and people seeking shelter, was also unrelated to Cyclone Biparjoy. It was from 2021 when Cyclone Taukte hit Gujarat.
Similarly, the sixth video, where a man narrowly avoids getting hit by a flying tin sheet, was an old video from at least a year ago, not associated with Cyclone Biparjoy.
In conclusion, none of the videos shared by B N Adhikari and others were authentic visuals of Cyclone Biparjoy. These misleading videos spread misinformation about the cyclone’s impact.
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