A video is floating across social media platforms with the claim that a landslide occurred in Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra. It is noteworthy that the state is currently experiencing heavy rainfalls. The message most commonly used to share the video says, “Malshej Ghat..plz Do not travel in this side . forward all groups.”
Malshej Ghat..plz Do not travel in this side . forward all groups
Posted by Yog Tikam on Tuesday, 30 July 2019
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Shooting stones on Jammu-Srinagar national highway
The video does not depict landslide on Malshej Ghat but the Jammy-Srinagar national highway. According to a report by The Tribune, “The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for traffic due to shooting stones at various places between Ramban and Banihal stretch of the highway, falling in Ramban district of the state” on July 28. The report further stated that “all types of vehicular movement on the highway was stopped, including the Amarnath yatra, after heavy rain lashed the region, due to which Panthal area witnessed shooting stones”.
Alt News recently debunked similar misinformation where old, unrealted images of flooding were shared as roads blocked in Gujarat due to heavy rainfall.
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