Disaster Events | VOL. 11, ISSUE 69, November-December 2011 |

Land on the move

Landslides, a gravity induced geological phenomenon, are primarily associated with the mountainous terrains. However, they can also occur in areas where activities such as surface excavations for highways, buildings and open pit mines take place. Shallow landslides can often happen in areas that have slopes with high permeable soils on top of low permeable bottom soils or weathered rock. Sudden and heavy downpours over a short period of time, which are often localised in nature termed as cloudbursts, can sometimes...

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