Fact check: #PrayForUttarakhand forests getting viral in the name of the fire, What’s viral Read More?

It's Viral: With the rise in temperature, the incidence of the fire has increased in the forests of Uttarakhand like every year. More than 110.53 hectares have been affected by the fire since the fire season began on 15 February.

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Fact check pictures of Uttarakhand forests
Fact check pictures of Uttarakhand forests

Fact check: With the rise in temperature, the incidence of the fire has increased in the forests of Uttarakhand like every year. More than 110.53 hectares have been affected by the fire since the fire season began on 15 February. In the midst of this incident, people are making viral photos on social media along with information about the fire in the forests. A large number of users on Twitter and Facebook are also sharing these pictures as pictures of the fire in the forests of Uttarakhand.

What’s viral

Aarushi Nishank, daughter of Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, shared two pictures on Twitter on May 26, 2020, at 8:52 pm. The picture on the right is the most viral on social media with the news of the fire incident in Uttarakhand.

Twitter user Salik Ali Khan shared this picture on May 27 and wrote: Earth’s heaven is burning, pray.


– On Twitter, a user named Priyank also shared this picture related to the fire incident in the forests of Uttarakhand.


Fact check investigation –

First of all, the picture that is going viral the most. A reverse search of the viral image on Google shows that it is at least three years old. Columbia Magazine printed it with an article on Climate Change. The photo is of an incident in the California forests, drawn by David McNew for Getty Images.

Photo on Columbia Magazine’s website, Date line also reads Winter 2016-17


Now second picture the fire of the forests of Uttarakhand

This picture is of the fire of the forests of Uttarakhand. But, four years ago. Photographer Anoop Sah gave an interview to Scoop Woop, which shows that he took the picture on April 26, 2016. On 30, April 2016, this interview has been published by the website.

This photo was taken by photographer Anoop Sah four years ago

PIB has made it clear through Twitter that the photos being shared have no relation with the fire in the forests of Uttarakhand this year. This is confusing.

Conclusion The fire incident in the forests of Uttarakhand:

The fire incident in the forests of Uttarakhand is true. But, the photos that are going viral with that incident are misleading. The first of the two photographs being the most viral is of California forests. The other picture is four years old in a fire in the forests of Uttarakhand.

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