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17 April 2017

The Meethotamulla garbage dump landslide: an avoidable tragedy?

As the death toll from the Meethotamulla garbage dump landslide goes up, there is increasing evidence that many concerns have raised about the site

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16 April 2017

The Meethotamulla garbage dump disaster in Sri Lanka

The Meethotamulla garbage dump in Colombo, Sri Lanka is now known to have killed at least 26 people. Images suggest this was a disaster waiting to happen.

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13 April 2017

Shimla and Idaho: two new, and very different, landslide videos

Two new landslide videos have appeared on Youtube; one from Shimla showing a large slide triggered by construction, and the other on a highway in Idaho, USA

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29 March 2017

Nepal rural roads: the hazards of construction without design

Gareth Hearn has written a very nice paper in QJEGH that considers landslide problems on Nepal rural roads, highlighting the need for better route selection and design

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9 March 2017

Chamba: an impressive set of landslide videos from Himachal Pradesh

Three new videos have been posted on Youtube that show a dramatic landslide at Chamba in Himachal Pradesh, India, which apparently occurred on Monday

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6 March 2017

Righa in Nepal: another landslide associated with a hydropower project

At Righa in Baglung District in Nepal, a valley-blocking landslide over the weekend was apparently triggered by road construction for a hydropower project

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16 January 2017

Future shock – the failure to learn from the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

To mark National Earthquake Day, the Nepal Times has a series of articles entitled Future Shock that examines the failure to learn from the 2015 earthquake

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9 January 2017

Naxal, Kathmandu: a landslide apparently caused by poor construction management

At 7 am yesterday a major collapse occurred on an important road in Naxal, Kathmandu, apparently triggered by poor construction techniques for a new hotel

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30 November 2016

Earthquake induced landslides in the Himalayan mountains – new evidence for earthquake potential in Bhutan

A recently-published paper suggests that the Himalayan country of Bhutan suffered a major (approx M=8.0) earthquake in 1714, emphasing the potential for a future event that would probably lead to extensive landsliding.

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13 October 2016

Nepal landslides 2016: losses at the end of the rainy season

Nepal landslides 2016: analysis of my dataset for the last 36 years suggest that 2016 was the worst year on record for landslide events.

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4 September 2016

Taplejung: another burst of fatal landslides in Nepal

Over the last few days, 19 people have been killed by landslides in Nepal, with the most serious impacts occurring in Taplejung in the east of the country.

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2 September 2016

Uttarkhand and Siliguri: two new landslide videos from India

Two new landslide videos from India have been posted this week on Youtube – one showing a large rockslide in Uttarakhand and the other a lucky escape from Siliguri

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19 August 2016

The Dzongu landslide dam: an update

Whilst at the moment the Dzongu landslide dam in Sikkim appears to be stable, the Indian authorities are starting to assess the long term hazards that it might pose to upstream and downstream communities

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15 August 2016

The Dzongu landslide: overtopped but not drained

Water started to overtop the Dzongu landslide dam in Sikkim, India yesterday. To date the flow appears to be stable, with the channel widening rather than incising.

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13 August 2016

Dzongu: a worrying valley blocking landslide in Sikkim, India

Reports have emerged of a large valley-blocking landslide on the Kanaka River in Sikkim, northern India. A large lake has already started to form.

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29 July 2016

Landslides in Nepal from the 2016 monsoon

The last week has seen the 2016 monsoon cause extensive landsliding across Nepal. To date I have recorded 73 landslide deaths across the country

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18 July 2016

Monsoon 2016: Nepal reels under the effects of multiple landslides

As Monsoon 2016 kicks fully into gear, Nepal is being hit by multiple landslides in the upland areas, resulting in extensive damage and loss of life.

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14 July 2016

Bhote Kosi, Nepal: serious damage after the failure of a landslide dam in Tibet

The Bhote Kosi valley in Nepal has suffered serious damage after the failure of a landslide dam in Tibet. This is the main route between China and Nepal.

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7 June 2016

Review of a paper: dam break risk for the Attabad landslide

In a recent paper, Chen et al (2016) have examined the risks associated with a dam break flood at the Attabad landslide in Pakistan. They conclude that the likelihood of a breach event remains high, and that such an event has the potential to release a very substantial flood.

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21 May 2016

New landslide video: the mobility of the Aranayake landslide

A new video has appeared on Youtube showing the mobility of a small secondary failure at the site of the Aranayake landslide in Sri Lanka

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