As monsoon finally set in over Delhi on Tuesday, 13 July, with the national capital witnessing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in several parts, a set of images was circulated to show the recent situation of waterlogging in Delhi.
While waterlogging was reported in various parts of the national capital on Tuesday, the viral images are old with some of them dating back to 2018 and others are from 2020.
The claim along with the images showing traffic jams and waterlogging took a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
WHAT WE FOUND
We found that all the viral images are old and do not show the current situation in Delhi. Let's take a look at them one by one.
On performing a simple Google reverse image search, we came across an article published by Hindustan Times in July 2018 that carried the viral image.
The image was attributed to HT photographer Sanchit Khanna.
As per the caption, the image was captured near Anand Parbat at Rohtak Road in New Delhi and showed slow movement of traffic on a waterlogged street after heavy rainfall.
We found that the image was captured by HT photographer Ajay Aggarwal in July 2020 at NH 24 near Mayur Vihar in Delhi as commuters crossed a waterlogged road after heavy downpour.
With help of Google reverse mage search, we came across an article published by The Week in July 2018 that carried the viral image and attributed it to news agency PTI.
The description along with the image mentioned that it is from Minto Bridge in Delhi's Connaught Place.
We then searched on PTI's image archives using the keyword 'Minto Bridge' and found that the image was taken on 13 July 2018 by PTI photographed Ravi Choudhary.
Further, not only is the viral image an old one, but it has also been morphed to add the hoarding questioning whether Delhites received water or not.
We found the viral image in an article published by The New Indian Express in July 2020.
RECENT REPORTS OF WATERLOGGING IN DELHI
As monsoon hit Delhi on Tuesday, 13 July, several parts of the national capital reported traffic jams and waterlogging as can be seen in the visuals captured by The Indian Express.
News agency PTI also captured image of commuters wading through waterlogged Prahladpur underpass during rain in Delhi on Tuesday.
Evidently, a set of old images was shared to falsely show the current situation of New Delhi as monsoon hit the national capital.
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