HYDERABAD: An image of a flooded road is viral on social media. Users identify the place as Bang Khae, a district in Bangkok, Thailand.
The claim upon translation reads: "On the Thonburi side (Bang Khae), there are people cursing the staff, cutting the grass, saying it's crazy, cutting the island in the middle of the road in the shape of a boat. Today the picture is perfectly balanced. Boat level flood Kind of stunned Perfect fit. Lots of people take pictures. Keep it as a souvenir (sic)."
The claim is false.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same image carried by a Thai lifestyle website Kapook on November 9, 2011. The headline reads: "Thai people can always laugh anytime, let's take a look at funny photos during flooding".
The same image was also carried by a few other Thai websites from 2011. According to AFP news, in October 2011, Bangkok and 20 other provinces were affected by the kingdom's worst flooding in decades that forced authorities to a "crisis mode."
NewsMeter searched on Google Street View to match the locations and found that the picture was taken in Bang Phlat district in western Bangkok.
According to Relief Web, 11 provinces that were affected in the recent floods include Tak, Phitsanulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachinburi, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Sa Kaeo, Singburi, Samut Prakan. It should be noted that Bang Khae is one of the 50 districts of Bangkok that was not affected by recent floods.
Evidently, it is clear that the claim is false.