These images have circulated in reports about damaged roads in Bangladesh and Malaysia
Two images of dilapidated roads have been shared in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim they were captured in Sri Lanka. The claim is misleading; one of the images has circulated since at least December 2019 in Malaysia-based social media posts; the other image has circulated since 2016 in reports about a road in Bangladesh.
The images were published on Facebook here on May 16, 2020. The post has been shared more than 2,400 times.
The Sinhala-language text superimposed on the image reads: “A bit of the mega development carried out by the previous government, the asphalt is in the banana tree grove”.
The claim is misleading.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the misleading post (L) and the photo published in the Malaysian Facebook post (R):
The photo on the right in the misleading post has circulated since at least 2016 in reports about a damaged road in Bangladesh and has been featured in social media posts that were previously debunked by AFP.