Fact Check: Old video of Mumbai floods shared as footage of recent rains

Old videos of heavy rains and flooded streets have gone viral, showing the extent of the rain in Mumbai.

By Sibahathulla Sakib  Published on  9 July 2024 2:52 PM GMT
Fact Check: Old video of Mumbai floods shared as footage of recent rains
Claim: The video shows flooding in Mumbai due to heavy rains in 2024.
Fact: The claim is misleading. The video is from the Mumbai floods in August 2020.

Hyderabad: Several regions in India are currently experiencing heavy rains and flooding. Authorities in Mumbai have issued a red alert due to the heavy rains. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the heavy rains will continue till July 12.

Against this backdrop, several old videos of heavy rains and flooded streets have gone viral claiming to show the present extent of rains in Mumbai.

An X user shared a video titled, “Mumbai rains are scary.”

Fact Check

NewsMeter found that the claim is misleading. The video shows the Mumbai floods in 2020.

A keyword search led us to a report from International Business Times titled ‘Mumbai sinking: High tide hits Marine Drive, roads flooded, a landslide at Malabar Hill’, dated August 6, 2020. The report had a screenshot of the video that showed a partially submerged car. Here is a comparison image.

According to the report, Mumbai experienced heavy floods and traffic jams due to heavy rains. The report also said at least 250 commuters were stranded in two trains between Byculla and Masjid Bunder stations and were rescued by police and disaster teams on rubber boats.

Additionally, we found a video published on a YouTube channel titled ‘Mumbai Maharashtra Rain 2020: Flood in Mumbai video street, shops and road water logging everywhere’. It was published on August 7, 2020. The first section has visuals from the viral video. The YouTube video also showed the same partially submerged car mentioned earlier. It also showed rows of bikes submerged in water, also seen in the viral video.

Here is a comparison image.

Also, comparing the viral video with images from Google Maps confirmed that the location in the video is 18 Cawasji Patel Tank Rd in Mumbai, where the 2020 floods occurred.

Hence, the claim is misleading. The video shows floods in Mumbai in 2020, not 2024.

Claim Review:The video shows flooding in Mumbai due to heavy rains in 2024.
Claimed By:X User
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:X
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
Fact:The claim is misleading. The video is from the Mumbai floods in August 2020.
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