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Fact Check: 2021 Clip Of Uttarakhand Flood Fury Falsely Linked To Recent Rainfall


Torrential downpours have affected many states in North India, including hilly region of Uttarakhand. In Uttarakhand, the national highways from Rudraprayag to Gaurikund and Rishikesh to Badrinath are closed. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for July 6 and 7.

Against this backdrop, a video of severe flooding in Uttarakhand is widely shared on social media, claiming that the NTPC dam in Rishiganga and Tapovan has broken. People are advised to avoid trips to Haridwar and Rishikesh.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: सावधान, ऋषि गंगा और tapovan का NTPC का dam टूट गया है। शाम तक पानी चमोली पार कर लेगा। इसलिए अभी कोई भी व्यक्ति हरिद्वार और ऋषिकेश का प्रोग्राम न बनाएं?_* *_Forwarded as received. (English version. See below.👇)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING.

Running the Reverse Image Search of the viral video keyframes, the NM team identified some tweets from February 2021, showing the same footage of massive floods. These tweets explained that the video was taken after a glacier broke in Uttarakhand.

We also found a news report, dated February 7, 2021, carrying a screenshot from the viral video. The report detailed a flood caused by a glacier break in Joshimath, Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, resulting in significant damage. According to Aaj Tak, dated February 7, 2021, the Alaknanda river flooded due to a part of the Nanda Devi glacier breaking off in Chamoli. The Rishiganga power project and the nearby village of Raini were destroyed by the flood. Debris from the flood blocked the Tapovan Tunnel’s entrance, leading to a rescue operation to save trapped workers. And more than 200 people died in the disaster.

However, both the Uttarakhand Police and Chamoli Police have refuted the viral video claims through their official Twitter handles, confirming that the footage is from the 2021 disaster in Raini.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the 2021 video of severe flooding in Uttarakhand falsely linked to recent heavy rainfall.

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