Since January 2022, excessive rainfall and torrential monsoon flood has occurred in the South Asian countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It has become the region’s deadliest floods since 2020. A video went viral on social media showing visuals of a flash flood in Melamchi, Nepal.
(Screenshot from Facebook post)
In order to verify the claim, we extracted keyframes from the shared video and performed a reverse image search.
Keyword search revealed that the video is from Illgraben, Switzerland and dates back to 29th May, 2017.
False Context/ Misleading
Our fact-check confirmed that an old video from Switzerland was shared with a false context to panic the people about dangers of flooding.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent social media accounts and pages are involved in spreading misinformation on social media.|
|Behavior||Fake news of floods in Nepal is circulating on social media.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||No synthetic means are being used to make the content viral. The target audience of the post is the general public.|
|Effect||The shared video is being circulated to mislead the public and make them panic. |