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No, This Video Doesn't Show Cattle Being Washed Away Due to Rain in Tirupati

The viral video is an old one from 2020 and the incident took place in Mexico.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>An old video of livestock being washed away in Mexico was falsely linked to Tirupati rains.</p></div>
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A video of cattle being washed away is being shared on social media with the claim that it happened during rainfall in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

Several parts of Andhra Pradesh have been witnessing heavy rainfall leading to deaths and many people having gone missing.

While it has been reported that carcasses of livestock were found along with streams in Tirupati, but the viral video is an old one from 2020 and the incident took place in Mexico.

CLAIM

The official Facebook handle of 'TV5 News' carried the viral visuals in a bulletin on 19 November and mentioned how floods were affecting animals in Tirupati.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>You can view the archived version <a href="https://perma.cc/M5TX-34V4">here</a>.</p></div>

You can view the archived version here.

(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

Several social media users shared the video on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter with similar claims and the archived version of the posts can be viewed here, here, and here.

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WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We divided the video into multiple keyframes using InVID and reverse searched them on Google that led us to a tweet shared in November 2020, which carried a visual similar to the viral video.

The tweet suggested that the video is from July 2020 and the incident took place in Mexico.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>A tweet shared in 2020 suggested that the video is from Mexico.</p></div>

A tweet shared in 2020 suggested that the video is from Mexico.

(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

We then searched on Google with keywords in Spanish 'ganado arrasado mexico' (Translated: cattle washed away mexico) and came across a Facebook post shared in July 2020 by Mexico-based television channel FOROtv.

The post carried the viral visuals and mentioned: "The force of the current of a river dragged the cattle in its path in Nayarit."

<div class="paragraphs"><p>FOROtv carried viral visuals in 2020 and mentioned that they are from Mexico.</p></div>

FOROtv carried viral visuals in 2020 and mentioned that they are from Mexico.

(Photo: Facebook/ Altered by The Quint)

Further, we came across a report published by La Jornada, a Mexico-based newspaper, on 28 July 2020 that carried the viral visuals and mentioned that Hurrican Hanna had affected several people and caused losses to the livestock sector.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>A Mexico-based newspaper carried the visuals in 2020.</p></div>

A Mexico-based newspaper carried the visuals in 2020.

(Source: La Jornada/ Screenshot)

The La Tinaja river that crosses Zacualpan, Nayarit had then overflown and carried away a herd of cattle, the article added.

A comparison of the viral video and the one carried by La Jornada in 2020 showed several similarities.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Left: Viral video. Right: Video shared in 2020.</p></div>

Left: Viral video. Right: Video shared in 2020.

(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Meanwhile, it is pertinent to note that the carcasses of livestock were found along streams in Tirupati, as reported by The Hindu on 19 November. However, the viral video is from Mexico and is being incorrectly linked to the Tirupati rains.

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