Viral video of parts of Trident Mumbai collapsing due to cyclone Tauktae is actually from Saudi

Strong sea waves near the Gateway of India due to Cyclone Tauktae approaching the coasts, in Mumbai, on 17 May 2021 | Shashank Parade PTI
Strong sea waves near the Gateway of India due to Cyclone Tauktae approaching the coasts, in Mumbai, on 17 May 2021 | Shashank Parade PTI


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New Delhi: A video showing chunks of a building collapse onto a parking lot, destroying the cars parked there has been doing the rounds on social media.

The posts claim that the building that sustained damage is the Trident Hotel, located at Nariman Point in Mumbai, where cyclone Tauktae has been causing heavy rains along with strong winds.

Fact check

The video, though, is not from during the cyclone but dates back to August 2020. A time-stamp on the upper right corner of the footage also clearly indicates this.

It was shot in Medina in Saudi Arabia when torrential rains in the city had caused panic and widespread damage to property, as this report from Al Jazeera indicates.

Cyclone Tauktae, which originated in the Arabian Sea, has been categorised as an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ and has been causing heavy rainfall in Mumbai Monday, with wind speeds ranging over 60-75 kmph. It is expected to make landfall in Gujarat by Monday evening.

Mumbai Airport shut operations for three hours given the stormy conditions. Some trees in the city have been uprooted because of the cyclonic winds and traffic was disrupted.

In collaboration with SM Hoxaslayer

(Edited by Manasa Mohan)


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