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No, This Floating Traffic Signal Is Not From Mumbai

No, This Floating Traffic Signal Is Not From Mumbai

BOOM found that the video was from Yulin, China when the regions saw heavy rains in 2018.

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A video from China of a traffic signal being swept away on a flooded street is being shared with the false claim that it is from Mumbai.

In the six second video, one can spot a traffic signal floating in the water on an inundated street. The video is viral in the backdrop of Mumbai receiving incessant rains resulting in water logging on September 4.

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri tweeted the video asking the Mumbai Traffic Police what was the fine amount ” if a signal crosses the road.”

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FACT-CHECK

We ran a reverse image search on keyframes from the video and were led to results from Chinese news websites and blogs.

A longer version of the video was uploaded by China Global Television Network (CGTN), a nationally owned media outlet in China on its YouTube Channel on May 12, 2018.

According to CGTN, the video was filmed in Yulin City of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Shop boards and bike sticker in mandarin

Additionally the shop boards in the background a sticker visible on a two wheeler in the viral video are in Mandarin.

The same video was previously viral in June 2018, and shared by a Facebook page claiming that the video clip was shot in Luchuan County in Guangxi, China in May.

We also found the same video uploaded in September 2018, on Tencent Video, a Chinese video streaming site. In the video, at 33 seconds, a partial number plate is visible on a black car parked by the side of the road.

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Screen grab from the Tencent video

The visible characters on the plate are “HF86” and it is a blue number plate with white letters. A search revealed that no region or state in India and no number plates in India are registered using “HF”.

More than 70,000 people in Southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region were affected by heavy downpours reported China Daily on May 11, 2018.

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Claim Review : Traffic Signal Being Swept Down The Street In Mumbai

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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