Fact check: Flooding of Mexico's AIC airport passed off as waterlogging at Chennai airport

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

By Misha Rajani  Published on  15 Nov 2021 6:01 AM GMT
Fact check: Flooding of Mexicos AIC airport passed off as waterlogging at Chennai airport

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.



FACT CHECK:

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)

https://www.reporteindigo.com/reporte/aicm-suspende-actividad-por-lluvias/

https://www.chilango.com/ciudad/video-aeropuerto-inundado/

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

SITUATION IN 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
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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