A video of a two-wheeler falling into a huge pothole has been going viral on social media since 8 July. The video shows one man trying to pull out a two-wheeler from the pothole, which has completely swallowed the vehicle, during torrential rainfall.
Three other men then join him and help him pull out the completely submerged scooter.
The video clip was shared widely by people who claimed that it was from the Chembur area in Maharashtra and criticised the Mumbai civic authorities in charge, as well as the central government.
Pothole in Chembur that swallowed a Two Whiller.this morning. pic.twitter.com/1U6Qg6wFT8— Ilyas (@Ilyas55654450) July 8, 2019
A manhole / pothole or let's call it a death hole... That sounds better... What is the Modi Govt people doing.... Sleeping???? @narendramodi @PMOIndia Dear PM pls have a look ? this is somewhere in CHEMBUR @CHEMBUR @mybmc @bmcmumbai pic.twitter.com/qf3MX2UBZB— Ekta Tewani (@ekta_tewani) July 8, 2019
A Two Wheeler almost Sank in a deep water logged in #Chembur., #Mumbai ?#Mumbaikars PLEASE BEWARE OF OPEN POTHOLES IN RAINY DAYS.— ❤ Vaishali Mhatre ?? (@vaishaliamhatre) July 8, 2019
Any Solution ? >> @Dev_Fadnavis @sudhirchaudhary @ZeeNews #MumbaiRain #MumbaiRainsLiveUpdates #MumbaiCrumbling pic.twitter.com/pxoB1OoKdI
The video was also widely shared on Facebook.
Several media outlets also shared the clip, repeating the claim that it was from Chembur. An outlet called Newsroom Post ran the clip as part of its package on Mumbai rains.
ScoopWhoop also carried an article about it, saying it was from Chembur.
Mumbai Mirror uploaded the video with the title: “Did a pothole swallow a two-wheeler in Chembur?” However, they published a disclaimer with it saying, “Mirror cannot independently verify the authenticity of this video.”
NDTV India also did a report on the video clip, writing about how people on Twitter were criticising the state of affairs.
TRUE OR FALSE?
While the video is real and not morphed in any way, it is not of Chembur. The Brihanmumbai Corporation’s Twitter handle clarified that the video was not of a Chembur pothole and asked people “to please verify facts before circulating such content, which could lead to unnecessary panic.”
This video is not from Mumbai. We request all the citizens to please verify facts before circulating such content, which could lead to unnecessary panic #TweetResponsibly #MumbaiRains #MumbaiRainsLive #MumbaiRainsLiveUpdates https://t.co/4e1czakFYS— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) July 8, 2019
Moreover, a Pune-based journalist Abhijit Deshmukh, who had first posted the video on 2 July, said that it was taken in Jalna, Maharashtra and not in Mumbai.
He also replied on Twitter to many others who claimed that the video were from Chembur, even specifying the exact location where the video was taken.
That's not Mumbai. It's Jalna, Maharashtra one of the worst affected drought areas.— Abhijit Deshmukh (@iabhijitdesh) July 8, 2019
It's not in Chembur, it's Jalna, Maharashtra near SB high school.— Abhijit Deshmukh (@iabhijitdesh) July 8, 2019
It's not in chembur, I guarantee it. The place is Near SB High school, old part of Jalna, Maharashtra.— Abhijit Deshmukh (@iabhijitdesh) July 8, 2019
That's not in Mumbai. It's in Jalna city of Maharashtra. I posted this video several days back in tha happiness of my drought afffe to area recieved good rainfall. Don't blame BMC for it— Abhijit Deshmukh (@iabhijitdesh) July 8, 2019
@Dev_Fadnavis sir, its not Chembur video. It's from Jalna, Maharashtra. But please ask the desired person in Jalna to look at the manhole, garbage and other issues of the city.— Abhijit Deshmukh (@iabhijitdesh) July 8, 2019
After repeated claims of the video being from Chembur, Deshmukh uploaded another video on Twitter, showing the same spot without the waterlogging and rain. He also stressed, once again, that the spot was near SB high school in Jalna and not Chembur.
@mybmc proof that manhole video claimed to be of Chembur, is actually Jalna, Maharashtra. If Anyone has doubts about it, pls visit near SB high school, Jalna, Maharashtra and confirm it again. Credits of this video to my nephew Vedant Deshmukh who has recorded it on my request. pic.twitter.com/MDpnZTSo12— Abhijit Deshmukh (@iabhijitdesh) July 9, 2019
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