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No, flooded road is in Texas, US – not Nigeria’s Abia state

Was a photo of three women wading knee-high through water on a flooded highway taken in Aba, a city in Nigeria’s Abia state? That’s the claim in a Facebook post published in Nigeria in September 2019 and shared more than 1,800 times.

In the photo, a submerged car and highway signposts can be seen behind the three women. The caption reads: “This aba abia state.”

Hurricane in Texas, US

A reverse image search reveals the photo was originally posted on the website ThinkProgress in August 2017.

It is in an article about Hurricane Harvey, a heavy storm that hit the US state of Texas on 25 August 2017.  The storm affected 13 million people in the southern US. 

Here the caption reads: “Evacuees wade down a flooded section of Interstate 610 as floodwaters from tropical storm Harvey rise… in Houston,” a city in Texas.

The photo was taken by David Phillip. It shows a devastating flood, but not in Nigeria. Motunrayo Joel


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