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FALSE: Photos of landslides, flooding due to South Korea’s 2020 monsoon


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FALSE: Photos of landslides, flooding due to South Korea’s 2020 monsoon
At least 7 of the 25 photos depict the 2011 floods in South Korea

A series of 25 photos posted on Facebook depicts the recent floods and landslides in South Korea.

On Friday, August 7, the Facebook page Pilipinas Trending Viral posted 25 photos of landslides and floods in South Korea. These included photos of bodies being recovered by rescue teams, cars submerged in floodwaters, damaged roads, and landslides. 

The photos were captioned: “GRABE! Sa South Korea naman may mga landslide at malawakang pagbaha dahil sa ilang araw na matinding pag ulanMay pandemic pa nga sa buong mundo, tas nitong isang araw may malakas na pagsabog sa Lebanon at sumunod sa UAE ngayon sa South Korea naman may kalamidad! 2020 ano na?? Pag pray din po natin sila guys! Lord heal our land amen!” 

(Wow! In South Korea there have been landslides and widespread flooding due to many days of heavy rainfall… There’s still a worldwide pandemic, and the other day there were strong explosions in Lebanon and afterwards, in [the] UAE, now in South Korea there’s a calamity! 2020, what now?? Let’s pray for them guys!)

As of writing, the post by Pilipinas Trending Viral has more than 11,000 shares, 6,700 reactions, and 701 comments.

Facebook’s fact checking tool Claim Check flagged this post as potentially false or misleading.

At least one other Facebook post, put up on August 7, was found to have the exact same caption and used the same photos.

Rating: FALSE
The facts:

Out of the 25 photos included in the Facebook post, at least 7 photos were not taken during the recent floods. They were taken during the 2011 South Korea floods.

Reports as early as August 4 said that South Korea has been experiencing landslides and floods as a result of 42 consecutive days of rainfall, the country’s longest monsoon in 7 years. 

In 2011, torrential rainfall in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, and neighboring areas, also triggered floods and landslides that killed at least 32 people, according to Reuters.

A reverse image search showed that the first photo in the post, a landslide covering a street with mud, was actually taken by Jang Seung-Yoon for Getty Images/Agence France-Presse (AFP) on July 27, 2011.

The photos of a damaged road and the flooded Olympic Road next to the Han River were both taken for Yonhap News Agency. The image of the damaged road was taken in Wanju, south of Seoul, for Yonhap News Agency/The Associated Press on July 11, 2011. The photo of the flooded Olympic Road was shot for Yonhap News Agency on July 27, 2011. 

Two photos in the Facebook post showing bodies being evacuated by rescue workers are also not recent photos. One was taken by Kim Ju-Seong for Yonhap News Agency/Reuters on July 27, 2011. Another was taken for Newsis/The Associated Press on July 27, 2011.

A photo of flooded roads and cars submerged in floodwaters was taken on July 27, 2011 by Yang Hoe-Seong for Getty Images/AFP. Another was taken Lim Hun-jung for Yonhap News Agency/Reuters, according to Boston.com.

The 2020 South Korea floods have led to at least 30 deaths and forced thousands to evacuate their homes. Restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have made rescue efforts difficult, as there are fears crowded shelters could spread the virus. – Pia Rodrigo/Rappler.com  

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