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False! Cattle washed away by flood in Mexico, not Nigeria

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Claim: A viral video shows a herd of cattle being washed away by flood in Argungu, Kebbi State of Nigeria.

The claim that a herd of cattle was washed away by flood in Kebbi State is false as the incident happened in Mexico in 2020.

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A viral video has been making rounds in social media especially WhatsApp. The 30 seconds video shows a strong current of water in a field and a herd of cattle appears to be dragged by the current.

Accompanying text in the video suggests the incident took place in Argungu, Kebbi State.

The said video was also posted on Facebook by Denis Nwosu with the caption:

Flood carries a herd of Cows away in Argungun, Kebbi State.

Kebbi is the state where the great and historical Argungun fishing festivals take place.

But, what is not clear is this; Why has this flood or river carried all these cows away. 

Did they just walk into it or what, and where is the herdsman?’

 Screenshot of the Facebook post

This video is now making rounds in the social media on the heels of heavy rainfalls in different parts of the country. This is just as the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency predicted that some states will be affected by floods.

Nigeria’s 2021 flood prediction

The 2021 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) which is published by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) predicts that parts of 121 local government areas LGAs in 27 states and the FCT will fall within the highly probable flood risk areas, while parts of 302 LGAs in all the 36 states of the federation including FCT fall within the moderately probable flood risk areas. The parts of the remaining 351 council areas fall within the low probable flood areas.

According to the AFO, the 27 highly probable flood risk states are: Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara.

The agency said flash and urban floods are expected to occur in major cities and other locations in Birnin Kebbi, Sokoto, Kaduna, Yola, Gombe, Abuja, Makurdi, Lafia, Asaba, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt, Abeokuta, Lagos, Ibadan, Benin-City, Ado-Ekiti, Abakaliki, Oshogbo, Nsukka, Awka, Owerri, Kano and Calabar owing to poor drainage systems.

Meanwhile, report has it that many Nigerians, especially those in states prone to flooding, are living in fear following the prediction by the NIHSA, which they say has painted a scary picture of likely havoc throughout this year’s rainy season. 

This point is buttressed by a viral video making rounds on WhatsApp, where a herd of cattle is being washed afloat by flood in Argunga, Kebbi State. For most viewers, the cattle must have been feeding by the roadside or in the area before being washed away.

Cattle rearing in Nigeria

In Nigeria, during the rainy season, herdsmen move about for greener pasture and fresh water for their cows. Although some farmers take fodder to their animals in sheds, others allow them to roam about freely. Nigeria is however a crossroads for cattle from other countries to include Cameroon, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. Herders pass through the country in search of better climate, pasture and more water.

The increase in cattle and human population has led to cities growing larger and wider and, in some cases, affecting formally designated cattle routes and reserves, thereby pushing herders into contested territories. And this has led to the clamour of most states to sign the anti-grazing bill in some states of the federation.

Image of cattle grazing         Credit: The Nation

So, did a herd of cattle get washed away by flood in Kebbi State?

Verification

A Yandex reverse image search shows that the video supposedly showing a herd of cattle being washed away in Argungu, Kebbi State is actually from Mexico that was hit by tropical storm Hanna on July 26, 2020.

Further verification shows different articles which reported the incident after it occurred. One of the reports reveals that the Zacualpan River in the state of Nayarit overflowed and carried the cattle while leaving damages to homes located on its banks.

Findings also showed a Youtube video of the same incident captioned ‘River drag Cattle. Everything is rescued in Zacualpan Nayarit 27/07/2020’ when translated to English.

Screenshot of the YouTube page

Conclusion

The claim that a herd of cattle was washed away by flood in Kebbi State of Nigeria is false as the flood happened in Mexico in 2020.

The researcher produced this fact check article per the Dubawa 2021 Kwame KariKari Fellowship partnership with Crest FM to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

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