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FALSE: Photo of Typhoon Rolly in Catanduanes

FALSE: Photo of Typhoon Rolly in Catanduanes
A reverse image search shows the photo was taken in Tacloban, Leyte during Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013
At a glance:
  • Claim: A photo of people walking among toppled trees and debris show the situation in Catanduanes, Bicol during Typhoon Rolly (Goni).
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: The photo was taken in 2013 during Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban, Leyte.
  • Why we fact checked this: At least 3 posts containing the same claim were flagged by Claim Check, Facebook’s monitoring tool.
Complete details:

Facebook pages and users posted a photo supposedly showing the effect of Typhoon Rolly (Goni) in Catanduanes, where it made its first landfall. The photo showed people walking among toppled trees and debris.

Claim Check, Facebook’s monitoring tool, flagged at least 3 posts that contained this claim. The earliest was shared at 9:17 am on Sunday, November 1.

This is false. A reverse image search showed the photo was taken in Tacloban, Leyte during Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. It was taken by photographer Erik De Castro, a photographer from international news organization Reuters.

The photo was also used in 2013 news reports of The Guardian and South China Morning Post.

Typhoon Rolly made its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes, at 4:50 am on Sunday, November 1. It then made its 2nd landfall in Tiwi, Albay, at 7:20 am.

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