HYDERABAD: Hyderabad is witnessing heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Gulab since September 27. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has put the city on high alert.
Amidst this, a video showing Tank Bund overflowing and flooding surrounding areas is circulating on Whatsapp. Users are trying to link it to the current rainfall in the city. A lady can be heard narrating the scene and describing the effect of the floods.
The same video was also posted by `ToliveluguTV' on September 27 on YouTube. Similar visuals were also published by another channel `The Hyderabad Express' claiming that the video shows "Hussain Sagar Tank Bund and Nalas of Hyerdabad overflow due to heavy rain on 27 Sept 2021."
This is not a recent video.
NewsMeter searched online with the keywords `Tank bund rains' and found the same video on a YouTube channel `Sach Aap Tak' from October 2020. The YouTube video is the same as the viral video. The same voiceover can be heard in the video. The video was taken from Alpine Towers, a building close to Tank Bund.
Using the dateline as a hint, the fact check team searched further and found the same visuals broadcasted by various other media organizations in October 2020. NTV Telugu titled the video `Full Water Level In Hussain Sagar At Tank Bund'.
A report by The New Indian Express said in October 2020, Hyderabad faced heavy rains leading to the water level in Hussainsagar reaching the Full Tank Level (FTL) capacity of 513.700 meters.
"The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) authorities alerted people residing in low-lying areas near Tank Bund and were asked to take the necessary precautions. With steady inflows, excess water was draining out downstream through the vents at Hotel Marriott end," the report said.
The Hans India, on October 21, 2020, reported that though there was a respite from rains for a few days in the city, there was still a threat from 185 water bodies that reached FTL.
"All the lakes and tanks, including Osman Sagar, Hussain Sagar, and Himayat Sagar, have been found vulnerable. Three lakes - Appa Chervu, Gurram Chervu, and Palle Chervu had breached, and cracks are developed in the bunds of 50 other water bodies, which include Fox Sagar and Meerpet Chervu," the newspaper reported.
NewsMeter had also tweeted an orange alert issued by the state that month.
Thus, it is clear that the viral video was not taken recently. The claim is false.