FACT CHECK: Man carrying baby on head is from Philippines, not Myanmar

A picture of a man carrying a baby on his head while cruising through water is viral on social media.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  3 Aug 2021 2:18 PM GMT
FACT CHECK: Man carrying baby on head is from Philippines, not Myanmar

HYDERABAD: A picture of a man carrying a baby on his head while cruising through water is viral on social media.

Netizens are sharing this image with the claim that this incident took place during the recent floods in Myanmar. Few claim that this took place in Bangladesh.

One of the claims read: "A father among the flood victims of Myanmar. Pure and beautiful giving love."




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FACT CHECK:

The claim is false. This neither took place in Myanmar nor in Bangladesh.

Newsmeter performed a reverse image search and found the same image in a report by Channel News Asia from November 2020. The headline reads: "The Philippines scrambles to rescue thousands after typhoon Vamco."

The caption indicates that this incident took place when a Philippine coast guard conducted a rescue operation, after Typhoon Vamco resulted in severe flooding, in the Cagayan Valley region in northeastern Philippines on November 13, 2020.

The same was also reported by the Associated Press. The picture description states that in the photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a baby is carried using a plastic container during rescue operations in the Cagayan Valley region, northern Philippines on Nov. 13, 2020. Thick mud and debris coated many villages around the Philippine capital Friday after Typhoon Vamco caused extensive flooding that sent residents fleeing to their roofs and killing dozens of people, it reads.

The same was also reported by Dhaka Tribune and Reuters. Vietnam was bracing for Typhoon Vamco to make landfall on the country's central coast, as the death toll in the Philippines rose to 53 from that country's deadliest storm that year. Nearly 14,000 people were staying in evacuation centers after the floods affected 343,000, the disaster agency said.


Hence, it is clear that this incident took place last year in the Philippines. It is not linked to the recent Myanmar floods.

Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Incident took place during recent Myanmar floods
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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