A video showing cattle being washed away in muddy water is widely being shared as a video showing the devastating floods in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Newschecker’s investigation found the video to be from July 2020, when storm Hanna caused havoc in Mexico.
The video has garnered over 2,000 views on Twitter and has been shared on Facebook with captions in several languages including English, Tamil and Telugu.
At least 34 people have been killed due to heavy rain in Andhra Pradesh which has severely hit the southern districts of Chittoor, Kadapa, and Nellore. The temple town of Tirupati witnessed a record rainfall and hundreds of houses near the foothills of Tirumala were inundated.
The video was also shared by TV5 News, a Telugu news channel as part of their reportage on floods in Tirupati.
Facebook page ‘123Nellore’ also shared the same video last week which has garnered over one million views since November 19.
To check the veracity of the video, Newschecker ran a reverse image search on several keyframes from the video and found a report by La Jornada, a Spanish daily newspaper based in Mexcico city.
The report dated July 2020 carries a video that looks similar to the viral video claimed to be from Tirupati .
On comparing a few keyframes from both the videos, we found them to be indistinguishable.
According to La Jornada’s report titled ‘Hanna causes floods in Nayarit (state in western Mexico),’ livestock was washed away in the heavy rain caused due to storm Hanna.
Newschecker also debunked the claim in Tamil. Click here to read our Tamil factcheck.
Though cattle/livestock have reportedly been drowned in floods in Andhra Pradesh, this particular video does not show cattles being washed in the state as claimed.
Old video of cattle washed away due to heavy rain is falsely shared as a recent video from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
This article was first published by Ramkumar Kaliamurthy in Tamil. It was translated to English by Ujwala P