Old image resurfaced after flash floods hit Balochistan in 2022

Image from 2019 flood shared again in 2022

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Claim: An image shared on Twitter depicts three individuals who died in the July 2022 flash floods in Balochistan.

Fact: The image is old and was first reported in 2019 when Balochistan was hit by monsoon floods.

On 29 July 2022, Twitter user and writer Khadim Hussain shared an image with a caption; “The heart-wrenching image of children in Balochistan during flash floods after torrential rains must awaken conscience of provincial govt, PDMA, NDMA and civil society of Pakistan. Balochistan cries but the rest of Pakistan and state machinery remain ignorant.”

The image was shared in the context of the July 22 floods during which 105 people died in Balochistan and many more were displaced.

Fact or Fiction?

To investigate the authenticity of the image, Soch Fact Check conducted a Reverse Image Search on Google. The result turned up a tweet from April 2019 in which a user named Rehman Aziz posted the same image here. Rehman’s tweet refers to a March 2019 flash flood in Balochistan.

A keyword search was also conducted on Google but no other post with the same image could be found.

The origins of the image are unclear. However, it was first reported in 2019 and resurfaced recently.

Virality

The image with the misleading caption was shared by the verified profile of Ahmad Nawaz on Facebook on 29 July 2022. The post received 1,700 likes, 140 comments and was reshared 131 times between 29 – 30 July 2022.

The image was also shared with the misleading claim here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here on Facebook.

Soch Fact Check previously debunked claims about an image of a girl who drowned in Balochistan and an image of people affected during the 2022 floods in Punjab.

Conclusion: An image circulating online of three people who died in a flood is not from July 2022. The image was first reported in 2019 and is now being reshared in a misleading context.

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