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Chennai floods: Edited Modi photo sparks online mockery

Original image of PM Narendra Modi surveying flooding in Chennai (3 Dec 2015) Image copyright Narendra Modi
Image caption The prime minister tweeted the original photo of himself looking out over the floods

India's state-run Press Information Bureau is facing online mockery after tweeting an edited image of PM Narendra Modi surveying deadly Chennai floods.

The bureau initially retweeted the prime minister's photo of himself looking through a plane window, with submerged fields and buildings visible.

Hours later, they tweeted the same image again, but with a much clearer scene crudely pasted on to the window.

The second tweet was deleted but not in time to prevent social media ridicule.

The PIB has made no public comment yet.

Mr Modi flew to Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu state on Thursday to see the damage caused by the widespread flooding, which has left more than 260 people dead since last month.

A large-scale rescue operation is under way, amid neck-high water in some areas.

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Image caption Mr Modi's collection of photos was retweeted by PIB
Image copyright Press Information Bureau
Image caption PIB's amended image showed a far sharper image crudely pasted onto the plane's window. The original image of the flooded city is all that is available on their Twitter feed now.

While some saw the deleted tweet as light relief, others criticised it as inappropriate amid the tragedy. Others also shared their own edited Modi pictures.

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Image copyright @captbrajesh
Image copyright @barkhashukla45
Image caption Others shared their own doctored images

It isn't the first time Mr Modi has fallen victim to some amateur image editing.

Last year, before Mr Modi became prime minister, a fake photo showing US President Barack Obama watching one of his speeches went viral.

Commentators on Twitter suggested the image was released by an ardent Modi supporter trying to imply the US president was following Mr Modi's election campaign.

Image copyright Twitter
Image caption The doctored image was shared by an Indian politician who did not seem to realise it was fake

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