Hyderabad: Around 200 people lost their lives during the recent flood in Maharashtra. Following this, about 10,000 cusecs of water was discharged from the Koyna dam. Social media users are now sharing a video of an overflowing dam with the claim that it is the Koyna dam.

Netizens are sharing this video with hashtags like '#MaharashtraFloods' and '#MaharashtraRains'. The caption reads, "Koyna Dam - One Of The Largest Dams In Maharashtra, India Overflowing (sic)."

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Fact Check

The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse search of the image on Yandex and found a video on Instagram from 2019. The post said the video was from China. A Facebook user, too, had posted the video in 2018 and said it showed the Xiaolangdi dam built on the Yellow river in Jiyuan city in the northwestern Henan province in China. As the viral video has been on the Internet since 2018, it is clear that it is not linked to the recent Maharashtra floods.


Taking a cue from these posts NewsMeter searched further and found a similar video on the official Facebook page of China's leading newspaper 'People's Daily'. The similarities between the dam in People's Daily post and the viral video clearly indicate that the viral video is from China's Yellow river when water from the dam was released.


It is clear that an old video of an overflowing Xiaolangdi dam in China has been falsely shared as Maharashtra's Koyna dam. Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Video of overflowing Koyna dam in Maharashtra after recent floods.
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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