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In a jiffy:A video clipping of the flood in Uttarakhand shot by a pilgrim in his smart phone, in Vijayawada.- PHOTO: V. RAJU Uttarakhand floods have not just left the victims numb, but have also made the people all over the country drop jaws witnessing its intensity. It’s not a television channel or a news agency that has been feeding people with fresh news of landslides, building collapse or roads being washed away.Ever since the floods began, video clips shot directly by stranded pilgrims with their smart phones are being shared through instant messaging services like WhatsApp, Wechat and Twitter.Footage of an Innova car slipping into a river gorge from a pucca road that has been undercut by the roaring floodwaters has been shot by a phone from a much higher level.Besides, a pilgrim has taken a long shot in his smart phone of a landslide in which an entire hill slope slides on to a road below. The most spine-tingling video is that of a Shiva statue being submerged in flood waters till neck. Since there are no details of where the videos were shot, the old videos seem to be surfacing again.B.J. Sudhakar, a spare parts dealer and a long time WhatsApp user, said that an old clipping of an air-suspension bus slipping into a gorge while trying to cross over a freshly laid road was being circulated again.Another clipping of a lorry slipping in to a flooded river from a black-topped road was also old, he said. Misleading The danger of being misled, notwithstanding the Uttarakhand floods, is being witnessed in an all new way thanks to the smart phones and instant messaging services, said G.R. Rao.There are limits to what television channels can show, but there are no limits or restrictions to what will be shared this way, he said.