Video of roof flying off, narrowly missing people is unrelated to cyclone Biparjoy

By: Soham Shah
June 14 2023

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Video of roof flying off, narrowly missing people is unrelated to cyclone Biparjoy


The Verdict False

The video has on the internet since May 2022 and has no relation to Biparjoy.

Claim ID 1c5d060a


The Indian state of Gujarat is gearing up for cyclone Biparjoy, a "very severe cyclonic storm" that formed in the Arabian Sea. It is on course to make landfall between Gujarat and Pakistan on tomorrow. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued red alerts for Saurashtra and Kutch coats in Gujarat. According to reports, IMD has said that the cyclone has “extensive damaging potential” and will likely impact the Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, and Jamnagar districts of Gujarat the most.

Amid this, a video was shared on Twitter with the hashtag #CycloneBiparjoy. The video shows a roof flying off a hut due to strong winds. It then flies towards two men who narrowly escape being hit by it. Multiple instances of the video could also be found on YouTube.

However, this video is old and has no link to cyclone Biparjoy. 

In Fact

By conducting a reverse image search using InVID’s keyframe analysis tool, we found that the video has existed on the internet since at least May 2022. 

ABP Gujarati published the video in a report from May 10, 2022, claiming that the video was from cyclone Asani. 

We also found a report published by an Andhra Pradesh-based Telugu language news website Suman TV on May 11, 2022, which also claimed that the video showed the effect of Asani in Andhra Pradesh. The headline of the report said, “Viral Video: Asani Effect... A person who escaped from danger! Viral video!” The report also said that it could not be confirmed where in Andhra Pradesh the video was from.

We also found several tweets sharing the video around the same time.

Cyclone Asani made landfall in the state of Andhra Pradesh leading to three deaths and widespread crop damage.

Logically Facts was not independently able to confirm where the video was shot. However, since it has existed on the internet since at least May 2022, the video is not a visual of impact of cyclone Biparjoy.

The Verdict

The viral video of a tin roof flying off a house and narrowly missing two men is old and is unrelated to cyclone Biparjoy. Therefore, we have marked this claim as false.

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