HYDERABAD: Tamil Nadu has been facing incessant rains that have led to widespread flooding and waterlogging in several parts of the state.

Floods in Chennai disrupted power supply to more than 65,000 houses, delayed rail operations, and halted flight arrivals for about six hours. (Source: Indian Express)

Amidst this, a video of an airport flooded due to heavy rains is circulating on social media. Users claim it is the sight of Chennai international airport. A Facebook news channel 'News J' carried the video. Many social media users too posted the video.


The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search using InVID and found the same video tweeted by multiple Mexico-based media outlets on August 31, 2017. According to these tweets, the video is from Aeropuerto Internaciona l Benito Juárez Ciudad de México (AICM), the international airport of Mexico City. The translation reads, "AICM has suspended operations because of the rains. This is what some track areas look like."

Spanish Media outlet Chilango reported on the airport's runway being flooded and carried a screengrab from the video. Several other media reports also reported that the flooding took place at the Mexico international airport on August 31, 2017. (Click here and here to read)



Clearly, the viral video shows the AIC international airport of Mexico being flooded and not Chennai.


On November 11, the official Twitter handle of Chennai airport tweeted that due to severe rains and heavy crosswinds the arrivals at the airport would be suspended from 13: 15 hrs to 18: 00. Around 6:30 pm, the handle tweeted that arrivals have resumed at Chennai airport.

Claim Review :   waterlogging at Chennai airport
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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