Fact Check: Viral Post Showing Aerial View of Water Highway Is From China, Not India

A video showing an aerial view of a water highway has been doing the rounds on social media. Vehicles can be seen moving on a flooded road with water all around. Many social media users claim it to be from India. 

A Facebook user posted the viral video with a caption: Incredible India 🇮🇳
Finally encountered the most beautiful water highway #TejRan #BiggBoss16 #BiggBoss1 6 #KareenaKapoorKhan #RichaChadha #T20World Cup #Priyanka Chopra #SaakiniDaakini #SidharthMalhotra #SidNaaz #BellaOurObsession #Ramsetu #AryanKhan

You can check the video here.

FACT CHECK

When NewsMobile fact-checked the viral image, it was found to be misleading. 

A Reverse Image Search of the viral video led us to a tweet, posted on July 10, 2021, by a verified account Beautiful China official handle of the country’s largest newspaper group. The video in the tweet matches exactly with the viral video, and the caption says that the road in the video is a section of Yongxiu-Wucheng road. This part of the road gets submerged during the monsoon season when the water level exceeds 18.67m. 

Conducting a Google Keyword Search about the ‘Yongxiu-Wucheng road’, we traced a  tweet by China Central Television (CCTV), dated August 5, 2019, showing images of the same road when the water level recedes, proving that the road, indeed, submerges during the monsoon season.  

Another tweet by China’s state-affiliated media house People’s Daily, published on June 26, 2022, showing visuals from the same road during the monsoon season. 

We can notice similarities between the road shown in the tweet and road shown in the viral post. Hence, proving that the road shown in the latter is from China, and not India. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the claim of the viral video is misleading. 

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