Recently, heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh triggered flash floods and landslides, wreaking havoc in the state. Amid this, a video started to be widely shared on social media platforms claiming that it shows a recent flash flood that happened in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala district.

A Facebook user shared the image with the caption saying, “Pictures of destruction in Dharamshala due to cloud burst yesterday.”

The video is also doing rounds on Twitter with a similar claim.

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be false.

With the help of Reverse Image Search that we did on the keyframes from the video, we found out that the viral video was shared by 10NewsFirst on Twitter on July 4, stating that the visuals were captured during a landslide at Atami city in Japan.

Many other mainstream news websites including ABC News and The National also published the video informing that the visuals are from Tokyo, Japan.

Reportedly, at least two people had been killed in the landslide in Atami, Japan, after a week of torrential rain.

“A torrent of mud and rock cascaded onto a road in Shizokua province, sweeping away nearby houses in the small town 90 kilometres south-west of Tokyo,” says The National News report.

We also found several media reports about the Cloud burst in Himachal Pradesh but they were evidently different from the viral video.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the visuals are NOT from Himachal Pradesh but from Japan.

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