Heavy downpours and floods are wreaking havoc in Assam. Railways and roadways are disrupted in several places. There are reports of ten deaths and as of 20 May, over 7 lakhs people in 27 districts are affected by the catastrophe.
Against the backdrop of this, several images of floods are doing the rounds on social media with the claim of it being the recent flood ravaging Assam.
We have verified that the images are not from the recent flood but are from Assam of the past floods.
A user has shared a set of five images. The caption along with the images reads: “Heavy rains in Assam, more than 2 lakh people affected in 24 districts, 7 dead so far; Heavy rain alert in Kerala…”
On conducting a reverse search of the first image, we found it used in an article published in Indian Express in August 2021. The newspaper reports that the 15 districts of Assam were flooded due to the raising of the Brahmaputra river.
The reverse search of the second image led us to a report published by Bussines Today in July 2019. The image is described as the affected villagers shifting to safer places after the flood inundated a village in the Morigaon district of Assam.
The reverse image search of the third image led us to an article published in The Hindu in September 2017. The article reports that the flood claimed 157 lives in Assam in 2017. And the image is described as: “A marooned village in the flood-affected Morigaon district of Assam on August 14, 2017.”
According to Time of India, the fourth image is of floods that hit Assam in 2017.
Therefore, it is evident from the above findings that all four images are old and of different floods that had Assam in past.