Old IAF rescue video passed off as Balka Suman saving people from swollen Godavari

Social media users are sharing a video of a helicopter rescuing two people from the overflowing Godavari river.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  16 July 2022 1:12 PM GMT
Old IAF rescue video passed off as Balka Suman saving people from swollen Godavari

Hyderabad: Social media users are sharing a video of a helicopter rescuing two people from the overflowing Godavari river.

"Local MLA Balka Suman sought the help of Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao in rescuing the two shepherds. Accordingly, the government promptly provided a helicopter for the rescue," reads the caption.


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Fact check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter conducted a Google reverse image search for the screenshots of the video that led us to a video uploaded in November 2021. The video title read, "Kadapa annamaya collapsed, rescue by helicopter."

Taking that as a clue, we looked for media reports on the incident and found ETV Andhra Pradesh news uploaded in November 2021.


"An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 helicopter rescued 10 people stranded in the rising waters of the Chitravati river in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh," read the Hindustan Times. The report carried similar images as the viral video.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/watch-iaf-mi-17-helicopter-rescues-10-people-from-overflowing-chitravati-river-101637392283863.html

We also found a tweet by Balka Suman. In the tweet, he mentions the incident which took place. When we translated the tweet, it read, "Soman Palli spoke to IT Minister KTR to save the two people trapped in the overflowing Godavari river and a helicopter was provided by the government to rescue them."

He also tweeted an article by Telangana Today which carried an old image of an incident that happened in 2021.

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Balka Suman saving people from swollen Godavari
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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