Fact Check: Viral video of floods in Uttarakhand is from 2021, not 2024

The claim is misleading. The video shows the disaster that took place in Rishiganga near Raini in 2021.
(Source: Social media screenshot)
(Source: Social media screenshot)

A video which features a heavy flood in a hilly region has gone viral. People are sharing the video with the claim that it shows the rupture of the NTPC dam in Rishiganga and Tapovan in Uttarakhand causing heavy flooding in the hills.

A social media user shared the video with a caption that reads, “The NTPC dam of Rishi Ganga and Tapovan has broken. Friends, water will cover Chamoli by evening. Do not make plans for Haridwar and Rishikesh now. After reading, please share with your friends. (translated from Hindi)”

Similar reports can be seen here and here.

Fact Check

SouthCheck found that the claim is misleading. The video is from 2021.

On doing a Google reverse image search, we found the video was uploaded by an X account on February 8, 2021. The video is shared with the caption, “Terrifying visuals of the glacier burst in #Uttarakhand god bless our ppl would urge everyone to pray for safety.”

We further found that ETV Bharat had reported the incident on February 7, 2022. It was a report marking one year since the flood disaster in Rishiganga near Raini village in the Tapovan area of Chamoli that occurred in 2021.

The report stated that 204 people working at the Rishiganga Hydroelectric Project and NTPC Hydroelectric Project had died during the incident.

We also found a tweet by the Chamoli police Uttarakhand mentioning that the viral video is old and no such incident happened in the recent past.

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral video is old.

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