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Old photo taken in Uganda used to depict May 2024 landslide in Kenya

IN SHORT: While a landslide did occur in Kimende, this particular photo does not depict that event. Taken in 2019, it captures a landslide in the Buhweju district of Uganda, not the one in Kimende.

A photo has been posted on Facebook with the claim it shows the aftermath of a deadly landslide in Kenya’s Kimende escarpment on 15 May 2024.

Kimende is about 50 kilometres from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

Several people were swept away by the landslide and some were reported missing. Homes close to the escarpment were buried under debris. Three bodies were recovered in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Kenya has been experiencing heavy rains since March, leading to several tragedies across the country. The relentless rains caused widespread flooding in many regions, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and destroying infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

By May, the floods had claimed over 200 lives, with some people still missing.

The photo allegedly showing the Kimende landslide has also been posted here, here and here. But does it really show this? We checked.

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Photo taken in 2019 in Murang’a county

A Google reverse image search of the photo revealed that it first appeared online on 24 January 2019. It was used in an article about two miners who were buried alive in gold mines in Uganda’s Buhweju district after the ground collapsed on them.

The photo also appeared in an article dated 19 April 2021, headlined  “Landslides Scar the ‘Pearl of Africa’.”

The accompanying description reads: “Landslides like this one in the foothills of Mount Elgon in 2019 have wracked Uganda in recent years.”

This image does not show the Kimende landslide of May 2024 in Kenya, but a landslide in Buhweju district in Uganda in 2019.

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