Fact Check: 2013 Picture Of RSS Relief Work Following Uttarakhand Floods Resurfaces As Recent

Days after the devastating glacier burst disaster in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, a picture started doing rounds on social media claiming to be of RSS workers providing relief materials in the affected area.

A Facebook user shared the picture with a Hindi caption, “चमोली… तपोवन !! लगभग 13 गांवो के तो अवशेष ही बचे हैं… सैकड़ों स्त्री-पुरुष-बच्चे खुले में पड़े हैं… दिन जैसे तैसे कट जाता है,लेकिन रात में तापमान 1-2 डिग्री हो जाता है… उस पर जंगली भालुओं का डर !! *पुल बह चुका है… सड़कों का नामोनिशां नहीं… ऐसे में खाद्यों से भरी बोरियां कंधे पर उठाए यह कौन लोग है ?… नमन… वंदन ,ऐसी निष्ठा को….* राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ के जांवाज़ों ने पिछले 3 दिनों से मोर्चा संभाल रक्खा है… कोई भूखा न मरे… कोई बीमारी से न मरे… आभार !! स्वयंसेवकों !!”

(Translation: Chamoli… Tapovan !! Only the remains of 13 villages are left. Hundreds of men and women are in open. The day goes off anyhow, but at night the temperature rises to 1-2 degrees. There’s the fear of wild bears as well!!  The bridge has been washed away… roads are not identified… In such a situation, who are these people carrying bags full of food on their shoulder? The people of RSS have been at the forefront for the last 3 days so that no one dies from hungry and of any disease. Thank you !! Volunteers !!”)

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We found the same image with a similar claim on Twitter as well.

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be misleading.

We ran a Reverse Image Search on the picture along with some keywords and found some articles from July 2013.

The image in question was featured in a blog post dated July 1, 2013, and titled “Day-12: RSS Relief Works at Uttarakhand – A Report in Brief; Needs more helping hands.”

On digging further, we found the article was about RSS relief work in 2013 floods in Uttarakhand.

We found a similar report published by Samvada.

Hence from the above information, it is clear that the image in question is OLD and not from the recent disaster in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.

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