Fake Viral

Image of a damaged road from Thailand shared as an Indian

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

A photo showing a damaged road is viral on the internet, claiming it to be an Indian portable road constructed using Israeli technique.

Facto News found that the claim about the photo is false; the viral photo is from Thailand.

The caption along with the post reads, इजराइल के सहयोग से भारत में पहली पोर्टेबल सड़क का उदघाटन हो गया है। यह सड़क ‘पोर्टारोड तकनीक’ से बनी है। जिस तरफ़ जाने वाली गाड़ी आती है, इस सड़क को उठाकर उसी डायरेक्शन में रखा जा सकता है।”

The English translation of the caption reads: “The first portable road was inaugurated in India in collaboration with Israel. This road is constructed using the ‘Portarod Technique.’ This road can be lifted and kept in the same direction in which direction the vehicle is coming.”

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Similar claims can be accessed (here), (here), and (here).

FactO Check:

On performing a reverse image search of the viral photo, we found the viral photo used in an article published on 31 August 2022 in a Thailand-based daily newspaper, Khaosod; it reports on the heavy rainfall and flood in August 2019 in Thailand.

It also states that a Facebook user posted a series of photos to show the standard of the road around his house in Thailand’s Chanuman District in the Amnat Charoen Province.

(Source: Khaosod/Screenshot)

We also found another Thailand news outlet, Thai PBS NEWS, which carried the viral photo in its report published on 1 September 2019. The news outlet reports criticism by Thai citizens on the standard and materials used in road construction.


Therefore, it is evident from the findings that the damaged road is not from India.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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