This footage shows a man diving into a flooded street in India
A video that shows a man diving off a building into a flooded street has been viewed more than two millions times on Facebook alongside a claim that he performed the stunt in the Pakistani city of Karachi. The claim is false; the footage in fact shows a man diving in the Indian city of Indore, which experienced major flooding in August 2020.
The 49-second video was published on Facebook here on August 25, 2020. It has been viewed 2.1 million times and shared 13,000 times.
The post’s Urdu-language caption translates to English as: “Karachi, Surjani Town ! The poors’ Charna Island.”
Surjani Town is a neighbourhood in Karachi, a major port city in Pakistan. Charna Island is a small uninhabited island just north off the coast of Karachi and is a popular swimming and diving destination.
The same footage was also shared alongside a similar claim on Facebook here and here; on Twitter here and here; and on YouTube here and here.
The claim, however, is false.
A commenter on the misleading YouTube post suggested the video was actually recorded in Indore, a city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
A keyword search found the video was also published in several posts on Twitter that identified the location as Indore. One of the tweets, for instance, reads: “Rains in Indore broke a 100 year record yesterday. Chacha (uncle) wasted no time.”
Further online searches found a man claiming to be the diver in the video.
The man, who identified himself as Indore resident Zafar Ahmed Khan, addressed the false claim in a video published on Facebook here on September 1, 2020.
The man states in the video: “My name is Zafar Ahmed Khan … Due to flooding we were busy rescuing the people. After that I dived [into the water] and the video became viral. After it became viral it was broadcast as a video from Karachi, Pakistan … That is fake news. I am in fact a resident of Indore, Madhya Pradesh.”
The Facebook post’s Hindi-language caption translates to English as: “This guy who lives in Indore is Zafar aka Bhura Bhai, a few days back he was seen jumping from his terrace in a pool of rainwater. His video got viral. That video was shared by Indian Media News18 with a claim that it is from Karachi, Pakistan. Listen to what Bhura Bhai has to say.”
Below is a screenshot comparison of the Facebook video (L) and the footage shared in the misleading posts (R):
Heavy rainfall and widespread flooding in Indore in late August 2020 was widely reported by Indian news outlets; for example by India's National Herald newspaper here and by English-language daily newspaper The Times of India here.