A photograph of a U-shaped road is being shared with the false claim that an emergency road was constructed in Japan within 24 hours to maintain the flow of traffic following a landslide that blocked one side of the road.
The viral message reads: “Emergency road constructed in Japan within 24 hrs after a major calamity so as to maintain flow of traffic after the main one was being covered by landslide.”
BOOM received the image on its WhatsApp helpline number (7700906111) inquiring about it.
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Emergency road constructed in Japan within 24 hrs as to maintain flow of traffic after the main one was being covered by landslide.— Cen Polo (@CenPolo) October 13, 2019
How many hours will this be fixed in our country?
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Not 24 hours, but took four months for traffic to resume
The article stated that the temporary road located in Fukui City, Japan, was opened for traffic four months after a landslide had hit the main road due to heavy rains.
Between July 5 and 8, 2018, several highways and roads in Fukui Prefecture stopped traffic due to landslides reported Fukuinp.
The temporary road that can be spotted in the photo which was opened for traffic on October 31, 2018, according to the article dated November 1, 2018.
The article further states that due to heavy rain on July 5-8, a large landslide had occurred on National Highway No 305 after which the main road was closed.
It further stated that the main road would be restored by the end of financial year 2019.
Japanese Newspaper Fukuinp’s Tweet on November 1, 2018
Turn Back Hoax, an Indonesian fact-checker had previously fact-checked the image.
The tweet dated October 31, 2018, with different images of the temporary road reads, “A 45-meter U-shaped temporary road has been completed on the sea side of National Highway No. 305 in the Koshitsu area in Fukui City, which has been closed due to a landslide in July. “
The time period for the construction of the temporary road is not clear, but news reports weeks and months after the landslide indicate it was not constructed overnight.
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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.
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