Video of crowded suspension bridge is from Nepal, not India.

Claim

This is the condition of our country, if the bridge breaks, then the fault of the engineer and the government is removed

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Explanation

A 17-second video of a crowded suspension bridge is shared with the claim that this is the condition of India. The video shows the suspension bridge swaying dangerously as people walk on it. The viral post further mentions that if the bridge breaks the engineer and the government would be at fault. This video is viral on Facebook and Twitter. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here and here.

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What is the truth?

When reverse-searching the keyframes of the viral video and further searching with relevant keywords we found that the video is old and from Nepal.

An article dated 16, June 2021 on the Aol website featured the viral video with the title “Wooden cable bridge sways dangerously as hundreds of tourists walk across in Nepal”. The article mentioned that “The temple-goers were in a hurry to reach the religious building for the Nepali new year so they crowded along the rickety bridge in Sanga province east of Nepal’s Kathmandu.”

The extended version of the viral video is also found uploaded on the Info Media Youtube channel in April 2021. The video is titled “Bridge collapse in SAAGA Nepal”.

Another website ‘i.stuff’ reported that the video was captured on 14, April 2021.  No mishaps happened on the said date but the tourists were reminded to use the bridge properly to avoid such incidents. One of the onlookers said, “There were boys who were having fun shaking the bridge and making people scared. I didn’t want to walk across while there were so many people on.”

Conclusion

It is found that the video of a crowded suspension bridge swaying dangerously, in circulation with the claim that it is from India is false. The video is captured in 2021 at Rickety Bridge in Nepal’s Kathmandu. Though there were similar instances captured in India’s suspension bridges, this particular viral video is not from India.

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