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2021 Video Of Building Collapse In Shimla Shared As Recent

Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim
Video of a multi-storey building collapse in Shimla.

Fact
Old video showing an incident from 2021 shared as recent.

As torrential rains wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh, triggering flash floods and landslides, a video of a multi-storey building on a hilltop crumbling like a house of cards is being widely shared on social media platforms. Those sharing the video allege that it shows a recent incident of  multi-storey building collapse in Shimla. Newschecker found that the incident did take place in Shimla, however it is not recent and dates back to 2021.

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Fact Check/Verification

A Google lens search on the keyframes of the viral footage led us to a tweet by @chandigarhrevi1, dated September 30, 2021. It carried the video of the same building collapse as seen in the viral footage to show an incident in Shimla.

Screengrab from tweet by @chandigarhrevi1

We also found  a report by Daily Mail, dated October 1, 2021, carrying snippets and screengrabs from the viral video. It stated, “The eight-storey structure was evacuated shortly before its collapse but several residents’ belongings are said to have been buried under the rubble.” Adding that the incident happened in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla.

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A video report by The Tribune, dated September 30, 2021, also featured the incident from a different angle. It stated, “A multi-storey building collapsed in Kachighati area of Shimla on Thursday while two other buildings were damaged. The building fell like a house of cards but fortunately the building, which was endangered, got vacated this afternoon and no loss of life was reported.”

Screengrab from YouTube video by The Tribune

Another report by NDTV, dated October 1 2021, stated that the building had collapsed due to a landslide triggered by the rains.

Also Read: Old Video From Jammu & Kashmir Shared As Landslide In Manali

Conclusion

Hence, the viral video of a building collapse in Shimla dates back to 2021, and does not show any recent incident. 

Result: Partly False

Sources
Tweet By @chandigarhrevi1, Dated September 30, 2021
Report By Daily Mail, Dated October 1, 2021
YouTube Video By The Tribune, dated September 30, 2021


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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