Hyderabad: Due to incessant rains, several parts of Hyderabad city have been waterlogged.

A video showing a crocodile swimming on the roads of a residential area is being shared virally on WhatsApp. In this video, people can be seen capturing the crocodile.

NewsMeter fact check has received this video to check the location of this incident and whether it is related to Hyderabad rains or not.

Fact check:

The claim that this video is from Hyderabad is FALSE.

When key frames of the video were searched, we found several results from August 2019.


But this incident of Crocodile capture occurred in Vadodara, Gujarat in August 2019.

In August 2019, Vadodara witnessed heavy rains and the city was flooded by the overflow of Viswamitri River. Viswamitri River is an abode of crocodiles.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/crocodile-streets-flood-swim-india-vadodara-gujarat-river-vishwamitri-a9038191.html

According to the description on the video published by Times of India in August 2019: “Due to waterlogging, incidents of crocodiles entering Vadodara’s housing complexes have been recorded. A 10-foot-long crocodile gave a hard time to forest officials at a society in Vadsar. As the water levels rise in the Lalbaug Lake, crocodiles come out and enter the housing societies adjacent to it”.

Here are several other reports about this incident which showed a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescuing the crocodile.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/chilling-crocodile-rescue-from-flooded-street-in-gujarats-vadodara-2079950

The crocodile later was released by the forest department officials


Many fact checks have been done confirming that this is from Vadodara, Gujarat.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/odisha-floods-giant-crocodile-strays-into-village-in-jajpur-district-1715890-2020-08-27

Hence, the claim that the viral video showing the crocodile washed into a residential area and being captured is from Hyderabad is FALSE. It happened in Vadodara, Gujarat in August 2019.

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist.
Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support.
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