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This video of a crocodile caught in the waterlogged streets is from Vadodara, not Pakistan

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A video is being shared on social media with the claim that a crocodile was found in the floodwaters at Karachi in Pakistan. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

  The archived version of the post can be seen here.    

Claim: Video of a crocodile found in the floodwaters at Karachi, Pakistan.

Fact: This video of a crocodile caught in the waterlogged streets is from Vadodara, Gujarat not from Karachi in Pakistan. In 2019, crocodiles from the Lalbaug lake came out and entered the residential complexes of Vadodara as water levels of the lake rose due to heavy rains. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On reverse image search of screenshots in the video, similar visuals were found in a video posted by ‘The Times of India’ news website on their YouTube channel on ‘04 August 2019’. In the video, it is mentioned that a 10-feet-long crocodile gave hard time to the forest officials at a residential society in Vadodara. In the description of the video, it is mentioned that crocodiles continued to enter the residential complexes near the Lalbaug lake in Vadodara. As the water levels rose in the Lalbaug lake because of the heavy rains, crocodiles came out and entered the housing societies adjacent to it. Similar visuals were found in a video posted by ‘Gujarat News Live19’ on YouTube. In this video also, it is described as an incident that took place in Vadodara.

Reporting about this incident, ‘India TV’ news published an article on ‘03 August 2019’ with the picture of the same person seen in the video who was catching a crocodile. In the article, it is mentioned that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Jawans caught the crocodile that entered into the streets of Vadodara. Articles published by some news websites reporting about this incident can be seen here and here.

To sum it up, a 2019 video of crocodile caught in Vadodara streets is falsely shared as the video from Karachi.

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