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Fact Check: A video showing flooded Mexico airport falsely shared to show Hyderabad airport amid heavy rainfall

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A video showing a flooded airport is at least three years old and is not from Hyderabad but Mexico.

Heavy rainfall across Telangana has killed at least 19 people so far even as thunderstorm accompanied by lightning occurred at isolated places across the state, including capital Hyderabad. Amid this, a video showing a flooded airport is going viral on social media platforms claiming that the video shows a scene from Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA). 

The video was shared on a Facebook page named Azad Janta with a caption, "Hyderabad RGIA AIRPORT Shamshabad."

At the time of writing this article, this video has been shared over 250 times. 

The video was also shared on a Twitter page with a caption, "KCR brought the sea to Hyderabad."

This video also received almost 100 times. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false.

With the help of a reverse image search using the keyframes of the video, we found that the video is from Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez Ciudad de México (AICM), the international airport of Mexico City. Also, the video is at least three years old. 

The viral video was uploaded on August 31, 2017, by the verified Twitter handles of some Mexican media houses. The caption in Spanish translates to, “AICM has suspended operations because of the rains. This is what some track areas look like”.

The official Twitter handle of the Mexican airport confirmed that it had suspended operations on August 31, 2017, due to heavy rains.

Moreover, the official Twitter handle of Hyderabad airport also confirmed that the viral video is not related to RGIA and operations are normal at the airport.

“It has been noticed many fake videos of waterlogging at RGIA are in circulation. Please be informed that operations at your airport are normal. Your airport is #SafeToFly and you can reach out to our Information Desk at any given time or text us on our social media platforms for assistance,” the official statement said.

In conclusion, a video showing a flooded airport is at least three years old and is not from Hyderabad but Mexico.

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