Video of Mudslide in Japan Shared as 'Cloudburst in Dharamshala'

The video is of a mudslide that happened in Atami, Japan, on 3 July. The visuals are not from Dharamshala.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>The video claims to be of cloudburst in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.</p></div>

Following heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh that wreaked havoc in several parts of the state, a video of gushing water and mud is being circulated on the internet with the claim that it was a recent video from Mcleodganj in Dharamshala.

However, we found that the video is of a mudslide, following heavy rain, in the Izusan district of Atami, Japan, that occurred on 3 July.



The claim with the video tells that the oimages were of a cloudburst in Mcleodganj. The claim posted on 12 July had garnered over 14,000 views at the time of writing this article.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>An archived version of the tweet can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></div>

An archived version of the tweet can be found here

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

Several social media users shared the video along with similar claims and the archived versions can be accessed here, here and here.


Using InVid Google Chrome extension, we extracted several keyframes of the video and conducted a reverse image search on some of them. This led us to a tweet from 3 July, the caption of which was written in Japanese that mentioned 'Atami landslide'.

Taking a cue from here, we looked for news reports about the Atami landslide in Japan.

We found one photo story on Hindustan Times that had carried the screengrab of the video of the mudslide that had hit a residential area in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan.

The article mentioned that 19 people went missing after a powerful mudslide hit the Izusan district in Atami, Japan, on July 3, following heavy rain.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The video shows a mudslide that hit a residential area in Atami.</p></div>

The video shows a mudslide that hit a residential area in Atami.

(Source: Hindustan Times/Screenshot)

You can also watch the video published on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on 5 July from 0.13 secs-0.40 secs.


A cloudburst in Dharamshala triggered a massive flood in the Bhagsu Nag area. Flash floods were also reported from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu and Kashmir.

Clearly, a video from Japan has been falsely claimed as that of a cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh.

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