Video Editor: Purnendu Pritam
A video showing a long queue of vehicles on a hilly road is being shared with a claim that it shows tourists returning from Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur following the landslide that took nine lives on Sunday.
However, we found that while the video was a recent one, it was from Kaghan Valley in Pakistan and not Himachal Pradesh. News reports in Pakistan media said that tourists thronged the Kaghan Valley in record numbers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
The caption shared with the viral video read, "Thousand of tourists returning from Himachal Pradesh after the Kinnaur incident."
The same caption was used by many people on Facebook and Twitter.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
Using the InVID WeVerify Google Chrome extension, we extracted keyframes from the video and conducted a reverse image search on some of them.
According to the reports, lakhs of tourists flocked the Kaghan valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Mansehra district for the Eid-ul-Adha holidays. The report in Dawn said that as many as 7,00,000 vehicles entered the Valley, breaking the previous record of 5,00,000.
In our keyword search, we came across a tweet by a Twitter user called Omar R Quraishi, who posted a similar image of the traffic jam that showed a map of Pakistan on one of the walls.
The viral video and the photo posted by Quraishi had similarities that can be seen this this side-by-side comparison.
We checked Google maps and found the Pakistan flag painted on the road from Naran to Balakot in the Kaghan Valley.
We also found a post from Himachal Pradesh Police debunking the viral video and asking people to not panic.
Notably, massive landslides killed at least nine people and left several others injured in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur area on Sunday, 25 July. A video of the incident went viral later in the day.
Evidently, a video of traffic from Pakistan's Kaghan valley was shared with a false claim that it showed tourists returning from Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur following Sunday's incident.