On July 13, media outlets reported a landslide occurrence near Gujarat’s Saputara region. As per the reports the landslide occurred on July 11 and disrupted the road connectivity to the remote areas of the district for eight to twenty-four hours. The calamity also affected the roadways from Gujarat to Maharashtra’s Nashik.

Against the backdrop of this news, a video of a drastic landslide has been aired on multiple news channels. As per these reports, the video in question shows a landslide in Nashik.

The video was aired on TV9 Bharatvarsh’s on July 12 as visuals from Nashik.

Zee24 Taas and InKhabar also followed suit and amplified the footage.

In addition, Punjab Kesari Madhya Pradesh/Chattisgarh shared the visuals on Facebook as scenes from the landslide in Nashik. ETV Bharat wrote an article covering the incident. The media channel also posted the clip on its Facebook page.

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Video verification

Alt News performed a keyword search on Twitter. This led us to a tweet by ANI on July 11 related to the landslide in Saputara. Next, we performed a reverse image search using frames from the viral video. This led us to a tweet from June 20 posted by one Devodatta. The video in this tweet is identical to the one aired by news channels. As per the user, the video shows a landslide that occurred on the route from Silchar to Mizoram. This confirms that the viral footage is old and is not related to the recent calamity in Saputara.

The Hans India had also shared the same video on Facebook on June 24 as footage of a landslide on the Silchar-Mizoram highway.

We performed another search on YouTube and found the same video uploaded by many users as the Mizoram-Silchar Highway. Contradicting the claims made on YouTube, Assam-based news portal Sangbad Prahari posted this clip on their Facebook page on June 21 and said the incident took place in Meghalaya.

Alt News cannot confirm the location of the landslide. However, it is safe to conclude that the clip viral as visuals from the July 11 landslide in Saputara is actually an old video and was available in the public domain much before the incident took place.

To sum it up, several media channels aired an unverified clip from June and claimed that it is related to the landslide that occurred in Nashik in July.

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Abhishek is a journalist at Alt News.