Fact Check: Old Video From Uruguay Falsely Linked To Cyclone Yaas Havoc In Odisha

A video has gone viral on social media claiming to be showing the impact of Cyclone Yaas in Odisha. In the video, trees can be seen being uprooted due to very strong winds. 

The post is being shared on Facebook with a caption in Bengali that translates to, “At this moment, the horrible ordeal of Yaas in Orissa, could strike Bengal at any moment.” 

(Original Text: এই মুহূর্তে উড়িষ্যাতে ইয়াসের ভয়ংকর তান্ডব, যেকোনো মুহূর্তে আছড়ে পড়তে পারে বাংলায়।)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING. 

On performing a reverse search using keyframes of the footage, we found that the clip was uploaded to YouTube on May 30, 2016. The 31-second-long video is titled in Spanish, “Tornado Suffering, Taken from the Market.”

We spotted old comments from multiple users below that video stating that the tornado scene is from Dolores, Uruguay.

At a closer look at the YouTube video, one can spot “BBVA” written in English on a store hoarding. BBVA is a Spanish banking and finance company. We searched for the BBVA banking branch in Dolores, Uruguay, on Street View on Google Maps and found that both the locations match. 

Below is a comparison of the 2016 YouTube video (left) and Google Street View of the BBVA branch in Dolores, Uruguay (right) on Google Maps.

CNN had reported in April 2016, that four people were killed and more than 100 were injured in the devastating tornado in Uruguay at that time. The video was uploaded to YouTube the following month. 

The same clip had previously gone viral on social media in 2016 falsely claiming that it showed a scene from the impact of Hurricane Irma. BuzzFeed News had then fact-checked the viral clip.

Thus, it is evident that a video of a tornado in Dolores, Uruguay in 2016 is being shared as Cyclone Yaas in Odisha. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading. 


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