Fact Check: Viral video of a man helping people cross a flooded road with a cart is not from India but from Colombia
A video showing a man helping people cross a road submerged under water with a cart is shared by a few users on the social media.
Claim :The video of a man offering help to people cross a flooded road with a cart is from India.
Fact :The viral video is not from India, but an old video from Cambodia.
A video showing a man helping people cross a road submerged under water with a cart is shared by a few users on the social media. A Twitter user shared the video with the claim “So much of "New India" with its old inequality in this video: collapsing infrastructure devastated by climate change, human ingenuity grasping any income-earning opportunity in a jobless economic context, barefoot worker serving the middle class.”
A Facebook user shared the same video with a claim “New Start up in Bangalore. They are looking for franchisees in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai.”
The video was shared with the same claim by several other users in September 2022.
The claim is misleading. The video is not from India, but shows an incident that occurred in Colombia in 2022.
When we performed Google reverse image search on the key frames extracted from the video, we found that the video in circulation is from Colombia.
The video was shared by entrepreneur Anand Mahindra with the caption “Entrepreneurship & Enterprise. It’s everywhere. Unstoppable. #MondayMotivation.”
An article published in Indian Express states that the video reportedly taken in Barranquilla in Colombia, shows a man ferrying pedestrians across a flooded road in a type of makeshift push cart, and that he is seen taking money for his service.
When searched further, we also found that the video was shared by a Twitter account with caption ‘Emprendimeiento Barranquillero”, which when translated states “Barranquilla entrepreneurship”
The report was also published by rcnradio, a main radio network in Colombia with the title “The money is made: Man searches for it by transporting people in the midst of floods in Barranquilla”, sharing the screenshots from the viral video.
Hence, the video in circulation is not from India, but an old video from Colombia.
Update: The name of the country was mistakenly published as Columbia, now changed to Colombia