Viral Video of Camels Swept Away  Is NOT related to recent Dubai floods 

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The April 16 Dubai,UAE  floods have become a focal point of discussion across social media platforms, generating widespread attention. However, amidst the discourse, there’s a concerning trend of misinformation being disseminated through misleading videos. These videos, while adding to the buzz surrounding the event, often lack accuracy and context, potentially leading to misconceptions about the severity and causes of the floods. As such, it’s crucial for users to exercise caution and verify the authenticity of the content they encounter, ensuring that accurate information prevails amidst the digital chatter.

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A viral video circulating online purportedly showing camels being swept away in the severe thunderstorms and flooding experienced Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on April 16.

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Users commented on it like below.

We decided to do a fact-check on this.

Fact Check 

Origins of the Video:

Reverse image searches and analysis reveal that the viral video has been circulating on the internet for several years, with various versions surfacing as early as 2018. The footage depicts a scene of fast-moving brown floodwaters sweeping away camels, with reddish-brown mountains in the background and a distinct tree visible amidst the flood.

Location Identification:

While some captions accompanying the video claim it to be from Dubai, closer inspection indicates that the video is more likely from Saudi Arabia. Several older versions of the video explicitly mention Saudi Arabia as the location of the event, with one YouTube video from 2018 specifically stating it was filmed during a flash flood in Saudi Arabia that year.

False Attribution:

The video has been falsely attributed to other natural disasters in the past, including flooding in northwestern India in 2020. This misinformation underscores the importance of verifying the authenticity and origins of viral content before drawing conclusions or making claims.

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While the viral video showing camels being swept away in floodwaters is indeed real, it is not recent and likely does not originate from the UAE, particularly from the severe thunderstorms and flooding experienced in April 2024. Evidence suggests that the video is more likely from Saudi Arabia and has been circulating online for several years. As such, claims tying it to recent events should be treated with skepticism, and efforts to accurately attribute the video to its original source remain ongoing.


Title:Viral Video of Camels Swept Away Is NOT related to recent Dubai floods

Fact Check By: Kalana Krishantha 

Result: Misleading

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