Fact Check: 2017 video of Chennai floods falsely shared as that of Cyclone Nivar

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As Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry, pictures and videos claiming to be of the cyclone started making rounds on social media.
One such video is being shared with the caption “Stay home, stay safe #cycloneNivar.”

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.
We took out keyframes of the video and ran them through Reverse Image Search. We found the exact same video on YouTube uploaded in 2017.
“Chennai floods Again in 2017 Marina beach full of water on roads, ” the title of the video read.

The same video was also uploaded by another YouTube channel on November 4, 2017, titled, “Chennai flood 2017 | Shocking footage from Marina beach road.”


Based on this, we ran a keyword search and found several media reports from November 2017 about Chennai floods.
“12 dead, thousands displaced in Tamil Nadu rains, Chennai braces for more showers,” the headline of the Hindustan Times report from November 4, 2017 read.
The article also featured a picture of flooded Marina Beach with the caption, “People walk through a flooded area of Marina Beach on the Bay of Bengal coast after heavy rains lashed Chennai for the eighth day. (AFP)”

Similar reports were also published by NDTV and Deccan Chronicle in November 2017.
This proves that the video being circulated in the name of Cyclone Nivar is an OLD one from 2017.

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