This footage shows flooding in Turkey in 2020

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A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in Facebook posts that claim it shows animals being swept away by torrential rain in Turkey in July 2021. However, the video was shared in a misleading context; the footage actually shows flooding in the Turkish town of Ercis in June 2020.

The video was shared here on Facebook on July 31, 2021. It has been viewed more than 60,000 times.

The clip shows animals being swept away by the floods, while sounds of people screaming can be heard in the background. 

"In Turkey, flooding in the east and wildfire in the south, affecting many farm animals," the Thai-language Facebook post reads. "In the eastern part, torrential rain on July 29-30 affected many farms and over 1,000 animals have lost their lives, including sheep and goats."

"In the south part, near the Mediterranean, Turkey experienced a heavy wildfire in over 100 spots, affecting many people, buildings and farm animals."

Screenshot of the misleading post, captured on August 4, 2021.

Floods in Turkey's northeastern province of Giresun in the Black Sea region have killed at least six people, according to Turkey's Anadolu News Agency on July 23. The floodwaters damaged hundreds of buildings. 

Wildfires also hit southern Turkey, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 800.

Similar posts were shared on Facebook here, and here.

However, the video was shared in a misleading context.

A reverse image search on Russian search engine Yandex found the same footage published in this report by Turkish TV channel aHaber on June 30, 2020. 

The Turkish-language article's headline reads: "74 sheep died in flooding in Ercis district of Van. Moments caught on camera".

Ercis is a town in the Van province of Turkey. 

The logo of DHA News Agency can be seen on the top-right of the footage.  

The video in the misleading posts corresponds to the aHaber report from the twenty-second mark onwards.

In the background, Kurdish-language voices can be heard saying "I wish I hadn't seen this disaster" and "Our house is completely gone!" 

Below is the screenshot comparisons of the video in the misleading posts (L) and the video reported by aHaber (R):

Screenshot comparisons of the video in the misleading posts (L) and the video reported by aHaber (R)

The footage also corresponds with this YouTube video published by Sputnik Turkey, Russia's state-owned news agency on June 30, 2021. 

The video's description reads: "The heavy rain, which was effective in the Ercis district of Van, caused flooding. 74 sheep and goats perished. "

The flooding incident in the Ercis district of Van has been reported in multiple Turkish-languages media outlets between June and July 2020 here, here and here.