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A Video Showing Cattle Being Dragged Away By Floods Is From Mexico, Not Kerala

A video with the claim of cattle being dragged away by floods in Wayanad, Kerala has gained popularity on social media platforms. One such social media post was tweeted on 8 August with the following text: 

“A cattle farm being taken away by floods in Wayanad, Kerala, with the cattle getting a free ride!”

https://twitter.com/ThomasJ24632319/status/1292043328788152320?s=20

We verify the claim below. 

Fact Check/ Verification 

First, we performed a reverse image search of the video’s keyframes on InVid, a video verification platform. The search results led us to multiple news reports by La Jornada, Mexico’s leading daily newspaper. 

An article published by La Jornada on 27 July titled “‘Hanna’ ocasiona inundaciones en Nayarit,” which translates to “’Hanna’ causes floods in Nayarit” includes a longer version of the video from the claim. The news report details how heavy rains due to hurricane Hanna caused massive flooding and loss of livestock in Nayarit. The video in context shows strong currents of a river that crosses the town of Zacualpan, Nayarit dragging away a herd of cattle from the banks of the river. 

"Hanna" causes floods in Nayarit, reported by La Jornada on 27 July
“Hanna” causes floods in Nayarit, reported by La Jornada on 27 July

Another post on La Jornada includes a 59-second video showing the damage caused by hurricane Hanna. The video’s translated description reads as follows: 

“The heavy and constant rains left by the Hanna meteorological phenomenon in Nayarit have caused flooding and livestock losses, both in San Blas and Compostela, the municipalities most affected so far.”

La Jornada's reported video on damages due to hurricane Hanna in Nayarit, Mexico.
La Jornada’s reported video on damages due to hurricane Hanna in Nayarit, Mexico

The above video includes a few keyframes similar to that of the claim’s video, though they were shot from slightly different angles. 

Left: Screenshot from the claim's video; Right: Screenshot from La Jornada's reported video on floods due to hurricane Hanna in Nayarit.
Left: Screenshot from the claim’s video; Right: Screenshot from La Jornada’s reported video on floods due to hurricane Hanna in Nayarit

More On Floods Caused By Hurricane Hanna In Mexico

Published on 27 July, a Youtube video titled, “River Drag Cattle. Everything is rescued Zacualpan Nayarit 07/27/2020” includes a longer version of the claim’s video. It’s description reads as follows: “Video: Las Varas, Compostela, #Nayari3t The Conchal River drags cattle from the torrential rains because of the remnants of #Hanna they left strong floods due to overflowing rivers and streams.”

UnoTv.com, a Mexican news service details how strong currents in the river El Conchal caused by hurricane Hanna dragged away cows in Nayarit. 

News article on cows washed away by heavy floods in Nayarit due to hurricane Hanna, reported by UnoTv.com
News article on cows washed away by heavy floods in Nayarit due to hurricane Hanna, reported by UnoTv.com

You can read more news reports on the incident here and here

This claim is shared at a time when several Indian states including Kerala face a flood-like situation due to heavy rains. Last week, a landslide swept through a tea plantation in Idukki district, Kerala.

Conclusion 

Our research makes it clear that the tweet claiming a video showing cattle being dragged away due to floods in Wayanad, Kerala is misleading. The video in context is from Nayarit, Mexico which shows strong currents in El Conchal river caused by hurricane Hanna dragging cattle in its path. 

Result: Misplaced Context

Our Sources

La Jornada: https://www.jornada.com.mx/ultimas/estados/2020/07/27/2018hanna2019-ocasiona-inundaciones-en-nayarit-1603.html

La Jornada: https://videos.jornada.com.mx/video/88013788/hanna-ocasiona-afectaciones-en-nayarit/

UnoTV.com: https://www.unotv.com/estados/nayarit/hanna-en-mexico-inundacion-en-nayarit-arrastra-a-vacas/

El Heraldo news article

Publimetro.com: https://www.publimetro.com.mx/mx/destacado-tv/2020/07/28/rio-desbordado-nayarit-arrastra-ganado-completo-vacas.html


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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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