This video of a flood was filmed in India's Haryana state, not the capital Delhi

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A video that shows people wading through waist-deep floodwater has been viewed over 10,000 times on Twitter and Facebook alongside the claim it was filmed in India's capital Delhi that was inundated with monsoon rains in July 2022. The video has been shared in a misleading context: it shows flooding in the nearby Haryana state.

The video was shared on Facebook on July 1.

Its Hindi-language caption appears to mock Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for the flooding.

The post translates to English as: "How beautiful Kejriwal's Delhi is, and how beautiful its roads are. The system here is commendable and so is its government."

Screenshot of the misleading post taken on July 8, 2022

The post circulated as Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) bickered in parliament with the country's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over solutions to monsoon flooding, the English-language newspaper Hindustan Times reported.

The video was shared alongside a similar claim on Twitter here, here and here by the journalist Anuj Bajpai.

Comments to the posts suggest social media users were misled.

"Thank you so much Arvind Kejriwal for turning Delhi into a pond," one said.

"Arvind Kejriwal, come here and take a bath," said another.

In fact, the video shows flooding in nearby Haryana state that is governed by the BJP with Manohar Lal Khattar as its current chief minister.

Not Delhi

The video corresponds to this news report aired by local media Haryana News Express on June 30, starting from the one-minute three-second mark.

The report's caption states in part: "Monsoon has hit Haryana from today. It rained heavily in various districts. But Rohtak district was submerged in the first rain of monsoon."

Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in one of the misleading posts (left) with the news report (right):

Comparison of the screenshot of the viral video (L) with that of the news report's footage (R)

AAP Haryana's official Twitter account also shared a video taken from the same street in a post that criticised the BJP.

The video in the misleading posts and the video posted by AAP both show a pillar numbered "P25" and a store named "Jio".

These structures correspond with Google street imagery of a street in Rohtak in Haryana state that is some 70 kilometers away from Delhi

Heavy rains have lashed South Asia throughout the 2022 monsoon season, bringing some of the worst flooding in years which have killed scores and affected millions of others.

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