Fact Check: Old picture of people using makeshift rafts in Assam, shared as a recent one from Bihar

As the flood conditions in Assam and Bihar continue to worsen, many pictures are surfacing on the internet.

One such picture in circulation claims to depict the condition of Bihar and the post targets Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.

The post in Hindi read: ” यदि सरकार हर #बूथ_मजबूत करने के बजाए हर #बांध_मजबूत कर रही होती तो शायद आज बिहार का हाल बेहाल नहीं हुआ होता।। डबल इंजन की सरकार सिर्फ और सिर्फ #वर्चुअल_रैली में ही दिखाई दे रही हैं, जमीन पर तो #बाढ़_प्रभावित लोग ही सड़क पर #तम्बू डाले दिख रहें हैं।”

(Translation: Had the government worked towards building sturdy dams rather than focusing on election booths, then perhaps the situation in Bihar would have been better today. The double engine government is visible only in the virtual rallies while people are forced to use rafts even on roads.)

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.

Even though the situation in Bihar has turned grim, after water levels in several rivers rose up dangerously, the picture is circulation is not a recent one.

We checked and found the same picture in several articles dated back to 2017. According to the reports published by The New York Times and the Firstpost, the picture in question is from Assam.

Since the picture was credited to Associated Press, we searched for the original picture on their website and found that the image was captured on August 14, 2017, by Anupam Nath.

The description of the image read: Flood affected villagers on makeshift banana rafts come to collect flood relief near river Brahmaputra in Pokoria village, east of Gauhati, north eastern Assam state, India, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Heavy monsoon rains have unleashed landslides and floods that killed dozens of people in recent days and displaced millions more across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Hence, based on the above fact-check, we can come to the conclusion that the post in circulation is misleading.

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