Uttarakhand is currently grappling with severe flash floods impacting numerous individuals. In Jakhna village, a landslide was reported, and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is actively engaged in conducting rescue operations in the affected region.
Against this backdrop, a disturbing video showing a landslide burying five individuals beneath debris below a waterfall is widely shared on social media claiming that this incident happened in Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
The video is shared on Facebook with the caption, “बरसात में पहाड़ के झरने के नीचे नहाने से बचें… ये Video उत्तराखंड की चमोली जनपद पुलिस ने जारी किया है”
(English translation: Avoid taking a bath under the mountain waterfall in the rainy season. This video has been released by the Chamoli district police of Uttarakhand)
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING.
The video was initially posted on the official Chamoli Police Twitter account. However, the tweet itself does not specify that the video is from Uttarakhand. The translated caption reads, “Avoid bathing under waterfalls in the mountains during the rainy season.”
बरसात के मौसम के दौरान पहाड़ो में झरनों के नीचे नहाने से बचें। pic.twitter.com/bY9Xs08zxw
— Chamoli Police Uttarakhand (@chamolipolice) August 20, 2023
Taking a hint from people’s comments on the video that it is from Indonesia, we searched on Google with the help of keywords and found news articles about this incident. These reports confirmed that the incident happened in Indonesia in February 2023.
Indonesian news source Detik News published a report on February 14, 2023, confirming that authorities locally verified a landslide incident at Sedudo Waterfall in East Java on the same date, around 3:10 pm. According to the report, a passerby had recorded the event, which subsequently gained widespread attention on social media.
Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral video showing a landslide at a waterfall is from Indonesia and not Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
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