Old video of Australia cloudburst falsely shared as Pak Sindh rainfall

Amidst heavy rainfall recorded in Sindh, Pakistan, a video of a cloudburst has gone viral with the claim that it is from Sindh.

By Sunanda Naik  Published on  23 Aug 2022 9:31 AM GMT
Old video of Australia cloudburst falsely shared as Pak Sindh rainfall

Hyderabad: Amidst heavy rainfall recorded in Sindh, Pakistan, a video of a cloudburst has gone viral with the claim that it is from Sindh.

Pakistan minister for climate change Sherry Rehman shared the video and wrote, "Today on 19 Aug 2022 we recorded the heaviest rainfall ever in one day all over Sindh, at 355 mm, setting a new record for rainfall in 24hours which was at 238 mm on 31Aug2011. Many areas saw non-stop rain for 3 days. Unprecedented storm Cloudburst over Jamshoro (sic)."

A report by The Namal also carried the same visuals and said it was from Jamshoro in Sindh.

Fact Check

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same video on the Instagram page "Kaneartie Photography" uploaded on 1 August 2022. The hashtag used "#Perthstorm" gave us a clue.

We also found the video on Facebook. A text that read "Kane Artie Photography" could be seen on the top right corner of the video.

We performed a keyword search on YouTube and found the same video published on 4 August 2022 titled "cloud burst At Perth Australia."

We also checked the Facebook page of Kane Artie Photography and found that she had uploaded a photo on 5 August 2022 that was similar to the video being shared on social media. The caption read, "This is just one of the shots from the storm Timelapse back in February 2020." This post confirmed that she is the rightful owner of the video and the video was shot in 2020.

It is evident that the video is from Perth, Australia, and does not show a recent cloudburst in Sindh, Pakistan. Hence, the claim is false.

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