Several videos showing the destruction caused by floodwaters in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are going viral.
One such video showing flood water submerging the railway bridge is going viral. The visuals seem to be scary as the water pressure is immense.
The same video has been going viral with various claims. Some users claimed that it is the newly built Vijaypur – Solapur Railway Bridge on Bheema River, connecting Maharashtra with Karnataka.
Several Telugu media outlets have claimed that these are visuals of Tandava bridge in Tuni, East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. This led to panic among the people.
This video has been shared on Facebook too.
The claim that the viral video is recent is FALSE.
The video indeed shows water flooding the railway bridge, but this incident took place in 2012, not 2020.
When the keyframes of the viral video were extracted using invid tool and reverse image search performed, we found the same viral video on a YouTube channel published in November 2012. The title of the video stated that Tuni flood water on Tandava Railway Bridge.
We also found a few images showing the submerged railway bridge due to river flood in Tuni.
One of the videos even mentioned the date in the description relating to the video. The description states ‘Furious Thandava overflows rail bridge with a jet speed in Tuni-East Godavari Dist. Andhra Pradesh – India on 4th November 2012 at 9 AM.’
According to The Hindu report published in November 2012, incessant rains over the last 36 hours have thrown normal life out of gear in the Port City (Vishakapatnam) and, streams are in spate, most reservoirs around the city and in the district are overflowing and parts of the city are flooded and at some places the National Highway has got damaged causing massive traffic logjam.
Many trains have been canceled. Ratnachal, Janmabhoomi, Simhadri, Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada passenger, Visakhapatnam Rajahmundry passenger, Visakhapatnam Kirandol passenger, have been canceled and Coromandal Express, East Coast Express, Dibrugarh-Chennai Express have been controlled in ECoR. Many trains coming towards the city have been halted at Rajahmundry as the water is flowing over the tracks near Tuni.
After this video went viral and even electronic media passed it off as the visuals of recent flooding. The railway officials released a few images and videos clarifying that this news is false and there is no water on this bridge.
According to News 18 Telugu fact check, the South Central Railway officials clarified that this video is NOT recent.
Hence, the claim that the viral video belongs to recent floods is FALSE.