Fact check: Viral video of crocodile in residential area is from Gujarat, not Hyderabad

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  15 Oct 2020 4:15 AM GMT
Fact check: Viral video of crocodile in residential area is from Gujarat, not Hyderabad

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.


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.


The crocodile later was released by the forest department officials

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


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.

Claim Review:Viral video of crocodile in residential area is from Hyderabad
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Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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