A picture of a man holding a baby in a tub over his head while he himself is chest-deep in water is shared on social media with a claim that it was taken during the recent floods in Myanmar.

“A father in the midst of floods in Myanmar…Pure, beautiful and dedicate love” the translated Facebook post read.

(Original:မြန်မာနိုင်ငံရေဘေးဒုက္ခတွေကြားက ဖခင်တစ်ယောက်ရဲ့ ဖြူစင်လှပလွန်းတဲ့ ပေးဆပ်သော ချစ်ခြင်းမေတ္တာ….)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the post to be false.

A simple Reverse Image Search on the picture led us to an article by Channel News Asia dated November 14, 2020. “Philippines scrambles to rescue thousands after Typhoon Vamco,” the headline of the article read.

The picture was shared with the caption, “A member of the Philippine Coast Guard carries a baby during a rescue operation after Typhoon Vamco resulted in severe flooding, in the Cagayan Valley region in northeastern Philippines, Nov 13, 2020. (Photo: PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD/Handout via REUTERS)”

The image was also published in other reports, they can be read here and here.

We also found the same image on the website of Associated Press. The picture description read: In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a baby is carried using a plastic container during rescue operations along a flooded village in the Cagayan valley region, northern Philippines on Friday Nov. 13, 2020. Thick mud and debris coated many villages around the Philippine capital Friday after Typhoon Vamco caused extensive flooding that sent residents fleeing to their roofs and killing dozens of people. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)

We also found that the same image was shared on the verified Facebook page of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Hence, the above post proves that the picture is not from Myanmar but was taken last year in the Philippines.

On the other hand, according to the latest media reports, flooding in Myanmar has displaced hundreds of people while the nation is still struggling against a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak and the military coup which took place in February 2021.

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