Fact-Check: Old Video of Livestock in Floods Shared as Recent Visuals
We could trace the video back to 2020, which makes it clear that it is not a recent one.
A video showing dead livestock in muddy waters in a flooded area is doing the rounds on social media, claiming to show recent visuals of loss of life during floods.
Delhi, parts of Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana have seen heavy rains, and have also received heavy rain warnings.
Some users on social media are sharing the video as a clip from Pakistan, where at least 68 people have lost their lives owing to floods and torrential rains, as on 12 July 2022.
However, we could trace the video back to November 2020. As per the news reports that we found, the incident took place in Saudi Arabia's Shuaib Arar, when parts of the Kingdom near its northern border were battered with floods. The area experienced flash floods that claimed many lives.
The video is being shared to claim that it shows recent visuals of loss of life of livestock during rains and floods.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We divided the video into keyframes and ran a reverse image search on them across search engines. On Yandex, a Russian search engine, we came across the same video on YouTube, dated 12 November 2020.
It was published with an Arabic caption, which loosely translates to – "More than 1,000 sheep have died in Shuaib Arar due to torrential rains in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."
Taking a cue from this, we looked for news reports or visuals regarding floods Shuaib Arar in 2020 with Arabic keywords.
The results led us to an article by Saudi Arabian news portal Akhbaar 24, which mentioned that all sheep that had lost their lives belonged to one person.
The report added that the region's meteorological authority had issued warnings for thunderstorms that week.
We also found a tweet shared by RT Arabic on 18 November 2020, which mentioned that torrential downpours had claimed the lives of "about a thousand sheep" in Shuaib Arar, on the northern border of Saudi Arabia.
We were not able the independently verify the location of the incident.
Evidently, the video is an old one and does not show recent visuals of loss of lives due to rains or floods.
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