Fact Check: Viral video of road caving in after rains is not from Ayodhya

The claim is false. The viral video is from Brazil from two years ago.
(Source: Social media screenshot)
(Source: Social media screenshot)

 After reports emerged of a supposed roof leak at Ayodhya’s Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh, reports began to rise about the state of Ayodhya’s Rampath road after the rains. Rampath is a 13 km road stretch that leads to Lord Ram’s temple in Ayodhya. Many have started claiming that potholes have begun to form on the road.

In the above context, a video is being widely shared on social media, in which a woman is seen falling when the road beneath her collapses into a hole.

The video is shared with the caption that it shows Ayodhya’s Rampath in which a huge portion collapsed and a woman fell in it.

A social media user shared the video with a caption that reads, “Ayodhya’s magnificent Rampath, only 13 km, has been built by a Gujarati company, for just Rs 844 crores. Only Rs 66 crores per kilometer! (translated from Hindi)”

Similar posts can be seen here and here.

Fact Check

SouthCheck found that the claim is false. We found that the viral video is two years old and from Brazil.

On doing a Google reverse image search with one of the screenshots of the video, we found that a similar video was published on X on June 3, 2022. The caption associated with the video, which when translated from Portuguese read, “Woman falls into a crater that opened in the centre of Cascavel. Check out the moment.”

We compared the viral video with the original video and found them to be the same.

Another website had published the same report on June 3, 2022.

Ayodhya police had also shared a video mentioning the viral video is shared with a misleading claim and that action will be taken against the culprits.

Hence, we can confirm that the viral video is old and not associated with Ayodhya.

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