August 20, 2021

Does the image show flooding in Addis Ababa?

HAQCHECKFact checking

HaqCheck has confirmed that one of the images doe not show the flood that has happened in Addis Ababa, rating it as Partly False.

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Rehobot is a lead fact-checker at HaqCheck. She is a trainer and a professional who works in fact-checking and media literacy.

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Does the image show flooding in Addis Ababa?

A Facebook page with more than 21,000 followers posted two pictures on August 18,  reporting on a flood in Addis Ababa the day before. The post mentioned FBC (Fana Broadcasting Corporate) as the source. 

However, HaqCheck has assessed the images and the post and rated it as PARTLY FALSE.

The Ethiopian National Meteorology Agency has been warning that heavy rain, thunderstorms, and floods are likely to occur in the summer. The agency stated western Oromia and Amhara regions, half of western Benishangul Gumuz, Eastern and Northern Shoa, are most likely to be affected in the country. 

There was a flood in Addis Ababa on August 17 due to heavy rain. The areas that were affected the most were Adey Ababa, Asko - Weyra Sefer, Torhayloch - Augusto, and mainly German Square - Mekane Eyesus Seminary. Up until the night of August 19, nine bodies had been found according to the Addis Ababa Fire and Emergency Prevention and Rescue Commission, up. Other survivors were taken to the hospital.

However, HaqCheck looked into the Facebook post, claiming to show the flood in Addis Ababa, and found that the second image does not show the incident. The first image can be found in the original post. However, the second image was taken from a report showing rescue workers in Haiti, searching for missing people, due to the earthquake. The image was also used in another news report by FBC reporting about Haiti.

Original Image

Despite the flood in Addis Ababa, HaqCheck has confirmed that the image, that was used in the Facebook post is not related to the incident, rating it as PARTLY FALSE.