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Fact Check: Video Of Avalanche From Sikkim Falsely Shared As That From Himachal Pradesh

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A video is going viral online claiming that an avalanche recently hit Himachal Pradesh, trapping a lot of people in the snow.

The post shared on April 25, 2023, read: हिमाचल प्रदेश में आज शाम 5 बजे के बाद हुए भीषण हिमस्खलन में ने मचाई भारी नुकसान। कई लोगों के मरने की आशंका। बर्फ पर खड़े होकर ले रहे थे सेल्फी। कई लोगो के बर्फ में दबे होने की आशंका।

(English Translation: The severe snowfall in Himachal Pradesh after 5 pm today caused huge damage. The risk of many people dying. Were taking selfies standing on ice. Many people are likely to be submerged in ice.)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

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

We extracted the keyframes of the video and put them through Reverse Image Search. The search led us to a tweet by Hindustan Times dated April 4, 2023, where the same video was said to be from Sikkim.

The video was shared with the caption: #SikkimAvalanche | Videos shows moment when #avalanche hit in #Sikkim The incident happened on a road 14th mile on Jawaharlal Nehru road connecting #Gangtok with #Nathula at the India-China border.

According to the report, a massive avalanche that struck Sikkim’s Nathula border area on April 4, 2023, killing seven people.

We found that the video of the incident was shared by Aaj Tak and EastMojo.

We then ran a keyword search and found reports from early April that Avalanche Hits Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul And Spiti. However, the video features in the reports were different from the ones circulating online. The reports can be seen here, here and here.

Hence, from the above fact check, it is clear that the viral video is from Sikkim and not Himachal Pradesh.

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