A cloudburst on July 12 2021 in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh has triggered a flash flood, washing away vehicles and causing damage to properties. A video in which a deluge of black water along with debris inundating the streets and crashing into the houses is being circulated with the claim of cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh.
A Twitter user Vishal Rajput shared the video clip with a caption that reads: “Another frightful video of #cloudburst in #Mcleodganj #Himanchalpradesh #Dharamsala #Dharamshala. Hope no one lost his life in this flood #Dharamshala”
An archived version of the tweet can be found here.
Another Twitter user Dinkar Rawat shared the same video clip with the caption: “Flashflood at Bhagsunag in Himachal’s McLeodganj #HimachalPradesh #cloudburst”. An archived version of the tweet can be found here.
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We took the screenshot of the video and ran a reverse image search which directed us to an article by The Sun with the title “Japan landslide: Horror mudslide buries houses, swamps cars, leaves 20 people missing and two dead after heavy rain”. The article carries a video with the same visual and according to the article, the video is of a landslide from a city of Japan. The article reports landslides took two lives, at least 20 went missing and homes were devastated.
We also found the viral video attached in the article published in ABC7 Eyewitness News published on 3 July 2021. The article has sourced the video from the Associated Press. According to this article, the video is from the Atami city of Japan. Following heavy rainfall, a powerful mudslide had hit the city. The mudslide carried a deluge of black water and debris which crashed into the houses of the city. The article also reports at least 19 people went missing after the massive mudslide swept into the city.
Conclusion: The video is not of the cloudburst from Himachal Pradesh but of a mudslide from Japan’s Atami city.
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