Natural Disaster

Photo of a flooded garment showroom is neither from from Mumbai, nor from this year.

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A photo of a flooded showroom has been viral on social media with a false claim that the condition shown in the picture of the showroom is because of the Mumbai rains. The picture went viral after the city was lashed with heavy rains over the past few days. The image shows a showroom with suits for men and the suits are have dipped into rainwater. The post is viral with a caption- MUMBAI; RAIN, RAIN, EVERYWHERE!!” According to the reports, Mumbai has received 90 percent of the average rainfall in July 2021. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held an emergency meeting. An orange alert has been issued for Mumbai and other places. According to Skymet’s calculation, Mumbai has recorded 1971.3 mm of rains, which means a mere 29 mm of rains will add up to 2,000 mm for this season. The viral picture has been up on various platforms-


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We also found a news report by News Bricks Heavy Rain In Mumbai CM Announced The Relief Fund.

This news portal has also used the same picture in their news report to show the repercussions of heavy rains in Mumbai.

According to this report, at least 17 people were killed by heavy rains in Mumbai and a house collapsed in the Chembur area at around midnight. It has been raining heavily in Mumbai for a few days now. The report has also posted the same picture claiming that the picture has been taken in Mumbai. The Mumbai corporation administration had warned the public not to leave their homes.


The picture is not from Mumbai but Patna, Bihar and is also two years old.

While searching about the truth of the image, we ran the image on Google reverse image search and found various reports from 2019 with similar images. According to various reports the picture is from Patna, not Mumbai.

One of the reports was from Nayiduniya which is an online news portal. Nayiduniya had reported about the incident in 2019. The returning monsoon caused havoc in Bihar, water entered the Raymond showroom in Patna.

Another report by Times Now where the viral image was used to describe the intensity of heavy rainfall in Patna.

Another report by News Nation on 29th September 2019. According to the report, the Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in 15 districts. It has become difficult for people to leave their homes. In some areas, Trains have also come to a standstill due to the rise of the Ganga. Many areas of Patna city have been flooded. Apart from this, entire clothes have been soaked due to water filling in a showroom.  Alert in 15 districts including Patna, the capital of Bihar submerged due to heavy rains


While searching about the tweet, we also came across a tweet by News 18 Bihar with the same information. 


Another report by India Today report published on September 30, 2019, more than 29 people lost their lives due to flooding caused by heavy rains in Bihar. According to the report, Bihar has been witnessing heavy rainfall for three consecutive days, Ganga and other rivers have surged. NDRF and SDRF are conducting relief operations in low-lying areas of Patna. 



Another ground report by ABP News Hindi shows how garment shops were severely affected during heavy rains in Patna.

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Shriya Handoo

MA- Journalism student at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications.