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Viral Videos Claiming to Show Floods In Nepal and India’s Bihar Are Old And Unrelated

As Nepal experiences respite after days of heavy rains, several unverified videos and images claiming to show the havoc caused by the monsoon are making rounds online. In this context, two videos purportedly showing the devastation caused by recent flooding are going viral on TikTok. Newschecker found that old and unrelated videos from foreign countries were shared with false claims. 

TikTik user @pinkydas216 posted a video, showing a swollen river flowing past a settlement, inundating the nearby houses. Text superimposed on the video reads, “36 gates [sluice gates] have been opened at Koshi River Dam. See the plight of Palpa, 2079/0/14 Bikram Sambat.”

Screengrab showing the viral video claiming to show flood in Palpa district of Nepal.

The video posted on June 30 has garnered 29.8k likes, and 233 users have shared and 107 people have commented on it until the time of publishing this article.

Another TikTok user @rasmeka.karki01 posted a video, which shows a flash flood engulfing a house. Text superimposed on the video reads, “The water level has been rising in Koshi River and 22 sluice gates have been opened. India’s Bihar state has completely submerged.”

Screengrab of the viral video claiming to show flood in Bihar state of India.

The video posted on June 30 garnered 3,132 likes, 52 shares and 37 comments until the last count.

Fact Check /Verification

To check the authenticity of the first viral video, Newschecker split it into keyframes and conducted a reverse image search on them, which threw up several images matching the frames of the video. On checking a photo published on gettyimages we found that the frame showed the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Portby in South West France.

This screenshot shows the results of reverse image search on one of the keyframes.

Taking it as a clue, we conducted a search on YouTube using a keyword ‘south western France Flooding’ that led us to a video, whose frame at 0.37-minute time-stamp exactly matched the viral video. The video uploaded on December 11, 2021 by the YouTube Channel ‘Evolution Crisis’ shows a video report about the flash floods in southwestern France after heavy rains, thus proving that the viral video doesn’t show the flood in Palpa district of Nepal.  

To check the veracity of the claim made in the second viral video, Newschecker conducted a reverse search on keyframes from the video.

This screengrab shows the results of the reverse image search on a keyframe.

One of the results led us to the YouTube channel of Mark Anthony Besario, which carried the same footage that exactly matched the viral video. We learnt that the video shows the footage of a flash flood caused by Typhoon Sendong in Dumaguete city of the Philippines in December 2011.

Tropical Storm Washi, known locally as Sendong, had swept through the Mindanao region of the Philippines in Dec 2011, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that caused massive flooding and landslides.

We further analysed reports on floods in the Indian state of Bihar due to a flooded Koshi and found no such reports.  

Conclusion

The videos claiming to show the flooding in Palpa of Nepal and Bihar state of India are older videos from other incidents that have been shared in false context.

Result: False Context/ False

Sources

Evolution Crisis

Mark Anthony Besario


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Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing breaking news and features on Nepali politics, society, environment and current affairs. Most of his work appeared in Kathmandu Post, where he spent over ten years leading and managing the online team and putting innovative ideas into practice. Besides overseeing daily news, features and visual journalism, he’s also translated and edited content. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of news and information has become essential today than ever before.

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