On 2nd November 2019, a Facebook user named “Dhiraj Kumar” uploaded a video, captioned, “Yesterday evening the sea in Mumbai Marine Lines was in fierce form, entire Marine Drive became a water tank.” A scene showing massive waves on the beach has been shared on social media with the claim that the scene depicts the Marine Lines area in Mumbai. In the clip, people are seen watching the waves coming into the coastline while clicking pictures and videos. In the same clip a person is shown drifting towards the sea. These short video clips have become viral on social media.
We started the investigation by watching these videos closely and noticed a sign board with “Al Bahri” written on it.
After that we searched “Al Bahri Road” on Google and we came to know that this road is in Muscat, the capital of Oman.
After this we searched for this video on YouTube with the help of the keywords “Al Bahri Road Oman Lahar”. In the result, we got the video uploaded on 30th October 2019. The title of this video reads, “Latest Kyarr Cyclone II Mathra Corniche Cyclone 2019 II Muscat/Oman II shahibond II”
This video contains footage that is being shared on social media in the form of short clips. It is from a place on the Al-Bahri road called “Mathra Corniche, which is an area with greater expansion of the sea shore.
After this, we searched for more information related to this video and found News article published by Khaleej Times Oman on 30th October 2019. According to this News, the aforementioned video is from Oman. In the description of these video clips, it is mentioned that high waves hit Oman as Cyclone Kyarr approaches.
Conclusion: We confirm that the above post is wrong after checking the facts. The video is from Muscat where the huge tidal waves of cyclone Kyarr hit the coast and waterlogged the roads. This video has no relation with Mumbai.
Title:Video of water-logging from sea waves in Muscat made viral as Mumbai’s Marine DriveFact Check By: Ruchika M