Several social media users claim that a recent video of lightning striking a tree shows the devastation wrought by Cyclone Asani. However, India Today AFWA found that the video is neither recent nor Indian. It was filmed five years ago in Canada.
Several social media users claim that a video showing lightning striking a tree, dropping its heavy branches onto the adjacent building with a loud sound, shows the devastation wrought by Cyclone Asani. (Photo: India Today/Jyoti Dwivedi)
To the relief of many, Cyclone Asani weakened into a depression and left the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha without causing much damage. However, a video has gone viral on social media claiming to be a scene of havoc caused by it. In the video, lightning strikes a tree, knocking its heavy branches onto the adjacent building with a loud bang.
Several social media users claimed that this incident happened in India during the recent Cyclone Asani.
A A Twitter user posted this video with the caption, “When lightning strikes a tree let’s see after #CycloneAsani #Cyclone #AndhraPradesh #Odisha #WestBengal #Asani #TejRan #CycloneUpdate”.
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found that the video is neither recent nor Indian. It was filmed five years ago in Canada.
We noticed that one person in a reply to the tweet said the video was not from India.
Using keywords like “love at first sight” and “Canada” with the date filter on Google, we found a report of “The daily mail‘ dated September 4, 2017. According to this report, the building on which the branches had fallen due to lightning was a Canadian hunting lodge. The lodge administration later confirmed that all visitors were safe.
The video was filmed by a man named Oliver Dorion at Bryson Lake Lodge in Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Quebec, Canada.
Asani was the first cyclone to hit India in 2022. It was named by Sri Lanka and means “anger” in the Sinhalese language. Some cyclone visuals may be seen here.
Therefore, we can conclude that an old video of a lightning incident in Canada is falsely linked to the recent Cyclone Asani.
ClaimThis is a recent video that shows the devastation created by Cyclone Asani. During the cyclone, as lightning struck a tree, its branches fell on a house with a loud noise, scaring onlookers. ConclusionThis video shows an incident at Bryson Lake Lodge in Quebec, Canada in 2017.
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