HYDERABAD: Two pictures of a canal being cleaned were posted on a Facebook group called 'Arunachal Pradesh' that has over 35000 members.

One picture shows people cleaning the dirty canal, while the other picture shows the cleaned-up canal. The image is captioned: "The power of unity. Let's clean Arunachal Pradesh together".

It has clocked over 240 shares.


Click here to view the post and here for the archive.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/336395263110871/posts/4023448021072225/

FACT CHECK:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter found the same image on an Instagram page called 'Waste-ed', an organization that works for environmental sustainability. According to the post, this image was taken in Myanmar where a group of eco-warriors came together to clear the garbage and other debris that had blocked a canal in Yangon.

A similar image was posted on February 16, 2020, on a Facebook page `Clean Yangon', an organization that volunteers to clean garbage around Yangon City. The image is captioned in Burmese and upon translation read: "Yangon City Development Committee; Charitable organizations; For the second time, a group of philanthropists cleared the litter in front of Thein Phyu Market (sic)".

Clean Yangon is a charity organization that began its operations in May 2017. In February 2020., the organization had cleaned out the litter in front of Thein Phyu Market (marketplace located in Yangon). They posted the pictured on social media.

https://www.cleanyangon.com/articles/91-challenge1-2020

Evidently, the claim that these images were taken in Arunachal Pradesh is false.

Claim Review :   Images were taken during a canal clean up in Arunachal Pradesh.
Claimed By :  Facebook 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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