Users of TikTok, the short video sharing platform, have spread false information using old videos from foreign countries as the recent floods and landslides in Nepal. A TikTok user with the handle @bibhushanpoudel on July 6 shared an 8-second video clip with a caption: “Landslide Sindhuli”.

The video clip shows a landslide sweeping away trees and finally a portion of highway. It shows a truck halted a few meters from the scene of the landslide. The clip is also accompanied with audio in which a male voice says:  “O guys, watch live here. It just collapsed.” We found an audio from another TikTok user, @susansyangtan338, was used to make the dramatic effect. The handle, @bibhushanpoudel, which has more than 24000 followers, has shared several funny video clips on the platform. 

Nepal Check has fact-checked the claim in the video clip.

We downloaded the video using, a TikTok downloader app. Then we analysed the clip using InVid, a video verification tool. Invid breaks a video into several keyframes. We conducted a reverse image search on Google for the photos taken from the clip. 

The reverse image search on Google showed that the video was uploaded on June 21, 2022 by Eastmojo, a digital outlet based in northeast India, on its YouTube channel. The channel captioned the video in Assamese language saying the landslide took place on the highway in Silchar of the northeast Indian state of Assam. Similarly, a news platform called JK24X7 News, also published the same video on June 13. The caption reads: Landslide at Silchar-Mizoram National Highway.

The video of the landslide that occurred on the highway in Assam of India a month ago is being shared as a landslide in Sindhuli district of Nepal. It’s incorrect. The video shows a landslide in Assam, India.

Claim: Video of landslide that occurred  in Sindhuli district of Nepal.

Claimed by: TikTok user

Verdict: False