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No, stranded vehicles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – not Texas

Was a photo of cars submerged in flash floods taken in Texas, United States? That’s the claim in a Facebook post published in Nigeria in July 2019 and shared more than 5,300 times.

In the photo, a stretch of submerged cars can be seen. The caption reads: “This is a flood in Texas, U.S; if in Lagos or any part of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari is in big trouble.”

The implied meaning is that if such floods were to occur in Nigeria, the country would be overwhelmed due to a perceived lack of investment in infrastructure.

Flash floods in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A reverse image search reveals the photo was originally posted on the website Malaysiakini in May 2016.

It is in an article about flash floods in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 12 May 2016. More than 100 vehicles were stranded.

The article includes two more up-close photos of submerged cars stranded in the flash floods. Motunrayo Joel


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