A photograph of a teenager saving a deer in floodwaters is being circulated on social media. One Susanta Nanda tweeted the image with a message, “Hero’s are made by the paths they choose & not by the power they grace. This picture of the earth hero from Assam is simply outstanding”. Assam has been hit by severe floods this year, forcing 1.5 lakh people to take shelter in relief camps and reportedly taking lives of at least 30 people.
Another picture of a man carrying a baby above his shoulders while his body is submerged in water is also circulated with the claim that it pertains to the recent floods in Assam.
On reverse searching both the images on Google, Alt News found that they are old and are unrelated to the 2019 Assam floods.
This picture was clicked during floods in Bangladesh in February 2014. According to a photo-story by the UK based Daily Mail, the incident took place in Noakhali, Bangladesh where wildlife photographer Hasibul Wahab had captured this brave act by a teenager named Belal. “During the ordeal onlookers were unsure whether the boy was going to appear again. When he finally made it to the other side the locals cheered as the deer was reunited with its family.”, stated the report.
The second image was shot during the 2016 floods in Andhra Pradesh. Here, a desperate father was carrying his sick baby on his head through deep floodwaters to reach the nearest hospital in the state. “Pangi Satibabu, 30, a farmer, from Kudumusare village in Andhra Pradesh, carried his six-month-old daughter above his head for three miles to the nearest health centre after heavy rainfall led to a deluge.”, stated an article published by Daily Mail on September 29, 2016.
In conclusion, two old and unrelated photographs clicked during floods in Andhra Pradesh, India and Bangladesh were shared as the impact of the recent floods in Assam.