With Assam reeling under devastation due to floods, reports of massive landslides and damage to roads and railway lines are emerging from across the state, especially in the hill district of Dima Hasao. However, amid all the reports, once again, a fake video of Assam floods has widely surfaced on social media platforms with misleading claims.
In the 21 second video, an iron frame bridge is seen swept away in gushing waters.
A Facebook post published on May 16 reads “Pray for Assam #AssamFlood” has been viewed 23 thousand times and shared over 200 times.
A tweet of the same video “#Assam #Flood now” is shared by a verified Twitter account @rupin1992 on May 17.
Even local Assamese news channel NKTV has published a screengrab of the video. The caption of the video reads, “The water level of Kapili rising drastically, Lanka-Haflong connecting road submerged in flood, the entire Diyungmukh area is underwater.”
Fact Check: Old video
Eastmojo did a fact-check and found that the video is old and not from Assam. We analyzed the video using InVID tool and did a Google and Yandex reverse image search of the screenshots.
We found several Twitter and news links related to the video. According to this tweet published on April 4, 2021, the incident took place on the island of Sumba Timur in Indonesia.
We also came across a tweet by @SBSNews published on April 5, 2021. It says, “Video shows homes and bridges being swept away in Indonesia and East Timor as torrential rain brought landslides and floods to the region, leaving dozens dead.”
According to this report by the Australia-based public service broadcaster, more than 100 people died after severe floods and landslides wrecked Indonesia and East Timor in April 2021.
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