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This video of traffic signal post being swept away in floodwaters is from China, not Hyderabad

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A video of a traffic signal post being swept away in a flooded street is shared on the social media claiming it as the situation in Hyderabad because of the floods. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: Traffic signal post being swept away in flooded streets of Hyderabad due to recent rains.

Fact: In 2018, due to the heavy rain, a temporary traffic signal post was swept down in the flooded streets of Yulin city in South China. It is an old video and not related to Hyderabad. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On observing carefully, we found that names on the signboards and stickers on a bike are not in any of the Indian languages. When we searched for the language on the signboards and stickers, we found that it is Mandarin, the official language of China and Taiwan.

On reverse image search of screenshots in the video, we found a similar video in the official YouTube channel of Chinese Government news channel ‘CGTN’. In the description of this video, they mentioned that a temporary traffic signal post was swept down in a flooded street of Yulin city in South China. Also, it is mentioned in the video that it was shot on ‘11 May 2018’. ‘CGTN’ news channel posted the same video in their official twitter account. It can be watched here. This same video was shared in ‘The Weather Channel’ website. In this website also, it is mentioned as an incident in Yulin city of South China.

The same video was debunked by Factly last year when it was shared as the situation in Mumbai.

To sum it up, the video of traffic signal post being swept away in the flooded streets is not from Hyderabad. It’s from Yulin city in South China.

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