Old Photo Of RSS Volunteers Revived In Wake Of Cyclone Fani In Odisha

BOOM found that the image could first be traced back to a 2013 article by Samvada.org.
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A photo Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteers serving food to children is being shared with the false claim that it is from the recent Cyclone Fani that has hit the state of Odhisa on Friday.

At least three people died in separate incident in Odisha as Cyclone Fani, touted as the strongest cyclonic storm since the Super Cyclone of 1999, battered eastern states particularly Odisha. (Read more about it here)

The was image shared by a Twitter handle named 'Chowkidar Ramesh' with the caption, "As #CycloneFani intensified the RSS workers are well prepared to help people who are affected by #FaniCyclone in #Odisha Hats off to these volunteers."

Tweet on RSS helping in Odhisa Cyclone

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The tweet has gained 51 retweets and around 71 likes as of writing this article. The same image was also shared on Facebook with the misleading claim.

Facebook post on RSS helping in Odhisa cyclone
Facebook post

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BOOM performed a Google reverse image search which showed that the same image went back to at least October 2013.

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Google reverse image search

The photo was published on a website Samvada.org on October 16, 2013 during Cyclone Phailin in Odisha in 2013.

Samvada website

It is not clear if the image is from RSS volunteers helping with serving midday meal at a school or whether the picture shows relief work during a natural disaster.

Claim Review :  Photo Shows RSS Volunteers Providing Relief During Cyclone Fani In Odisha
Claimed By :  Facebook Posts
Fact Check :  FALSE
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