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Fact Check: Old video of hailstorm re-shared with claim of it being from Chhattisgarh


As heavy rainfall drenched parts of North India on April 26, social media got flooded with pictures of heavy rains and hailstorm. Along with other posts, a video started surfacing on the internet showing hailstorm in a field filled with water.

The caption of the video read: “ Today at Pendra Chhattisgarh #hailstorm #rainfall ”


When the team at NewsMobile did a fact check, we found that the claim attached with the video is fake.

When we extracted the keyframes of the video through InVid and put them through Reverse Image Search, we found that the same video was circulated on April 24, with a claim that the hailstorm was observed in Cao Bang, Vietnam.

NewsMobile independently couldn’t verify the origin of the video as the video was in circulation before the heavy rainfall.

Hence, it is clear that the claim attached to the picture is false and it is not from Chhattisgarh.

Correction (February 2, 2023)

While fact-checking a similar post, we found that the video was shared by a Facebook page AajTak Nepal on April 21, 2020. The video caption mentions that it is from Chitwan, a district in Nepal.

The video also had the TikTok watermark which reads @diwakarbartaula.

The Facebook page of Diwakar Bartaula shared the same video on Facebook on April 18, 2020.

In the comments, he also shared a link to the YouTube video dated April 30, 2020, confirming that the video is from Nepal.

The video shows the viral video of the hailstorm followed by another video of the same location. In the video, he introduces himself as Diwakar Bartaula and then says that the viral hailstorm video was shot by him at Gadauli village in the Chitwan district of Nepal.

Thus, based on the above fact check, it is clear that it is an old video from Nepal.

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