A video purporting to show a snowfall event is being widely shared on social media claiming that it shows a fresh snowfall in the Daksum Kokernag region of Jammu & Kashmir on 22 September 2023. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Visuals offresh snowfall in the Daksum Kokernag region of Jammu & Kashmir on 22 September 2023.
Fact: This video was recorded in May 2023 in Daksum area of Jammu and Kashmir. Media and weather reports confirm that no fresh snowfall was reported in this area on 22 September 2023. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
A reverse image search of the viral video led us to the same video, previously uploaded on Facebook by a user named Sajad Wani on 08 May 2023 as the visuals of fresh snowfall at Daksum.
When the video started circulating on social media, claiming to show footage from 22 September 2023, Sajad Wani clarified that he had originally uploaded this video in May 2023, as a Facebook reel, and requested users to abstain from sharing this footage as recent visuals of the snowfall, to avoid any confusion.
To corroborate the information, we reached out to Sajad Wani, who confirmed that the video was indeed recorded in May 2023. It is pertinent to note that Kashmir experiences spring from April to early May. Furthermore, supporting news reports and videos confirmed snowfall in some parts of Kashmir, including the Daksum Kokernag region in May 2023. Simultaneously, weather reports revealed no evidence of snowfall in that area on 22 September 2023. Local media outlets have also debunked the viral video as misinformation, solidifying the fact that no fresh snowfall was witnessed in the area as of now.
To sum it up, an old video is being recirculated and misrepresented as recent footage of snowfall in the Daksum-Kokernag region of Jammu & Kashmir.