Thursday, October 15, 2020

Fact Check: Old video from Mexico shared as flooded Hyderabad airport

New Delhi: Relief operations are underway in Telangana after unprecedented rainfall over the last two days resulted in flooding of low-lying areas of the state, including in the capital Hyderabad. Several deaths and widespread damages were also reported.

Amid this, a video of a flooded airport is viral on social media with the claim that it is a scene from Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA). The caption says, “Hyderabad RGIA AIRPORT Shamshabad”.

India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be false. This is an old video from the international airport of Mexico City and is not related to Hyderabad.

The archived versions of some of the posts can be seen here, here and here.

Using InVID tool and appropriate keywords, we found that the video is from Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez Ciudad de México (AICM), the international airport of Mexico City. Also, the video is at least three years old.

The same video was uploaded on August 31, 2017, by the verified Twitter handles of some Mexican media houses. The caption in Spanish translates to, “AICM has suspended operations because of the rains. This is what some track areas look like”.

We also found a tweet by the official Twitter handle of the Mexican airport confirming that it had suspended operations on August 31, 2017, due to heavy rains.

In fact, several Spanish media reports of the day carried either the same video or its screen grabs.

The official Twitter handle of Hyderabad airport also confirmed that the viral video is not related to RGIA and operations are normal at the airport.

15/10/20 Dheeshma Puzhakkal/India Today

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