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Assam Floods: Old Flood Images Go Viral

Assam Floods: Old Flood Images Go Viral

BOOM found that images from previous Assam floods had gone viral as recent flood images.


Several photos have gone viral on social media falsely claiming to be from the recent floods that have hit Assam.

Under the hashtag #AssamFloods, we found that Twitter users were falling for these images sharing them as recent.

The floods in Assam have affected around 26 lakh people and has reportedly led to the death of eleven people.

tweet on assam floods
Tweet claiming photos to be recent

Click here to view the tweet, and here for an archive.

This tweet has gained around 265 retweets and 310 likes as of writing the article.

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Image 1:

Image 1 Assam floods
Old Image.

We performed a reverse image search using the Russian search engine Yandex and found that the image was old.

Yandex result floods image
Yandex results

The search results showed results with the title ‘2008 Bihar floods’. An Amar Ujala article dating back to 2016, titled ‘Preparation Of Bihar Government Regarding Flood In State’ came up as one of the results.

Amar Ujala flood image
2016 Amar Ujala article using the same image

Image 2:

Image 2 assam floods
Image dating back to July 2016

A Google reverse image search showed that the image was taken by Kulendu Kalita for AFP during the floods that had hit Assam in July 2016.

Getty images flood image
Photo Credit: KULENDU KALITA/AFP/Getty Images

The description of the image reads, “Indian children sit on the roof of a home submerged in flood waters in Batahidia on the Brahmaputra River in South Kamrup, southwest of Guwahati, on July 27, 2016.”

Image 3:

Image 3 Assam floods
Image dating back to August 2017

The image of the carcass of a tiger floating in flood waters is from
Kaziranga National Park in Assam, dating back to August 2017.

IE article on assam floods 2017
Indian Express article on the image

BOOM had fact-checked the same image when it had gone viral in September 2018 as animals killed in Kaziranga National Park during the floods that had hit Assam.

Also Read: Assam Floods: News Of 225 Animals Dead In Kaziranga Is From 2017

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Claim Review : Images From Assam Floods In July, 2019.

Fact Check : FALSE

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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