17 November 2008

Colombia landslide images

Posted by Dave Petley

On Sunday a landslide occurred in the El Polbado neighborhood of the city of Medellin in Colombia. It is believed that 12 people were killed. ArabianBusiness.com has published the following images of the aftermath of the event:

It is clear that this happened in a fairly wealthy area of the town, unlike many landslides in S and C. America, which occur in the slums and garbage dumps. Steep slopes are so often occupied by the very poor (as they cannot afford land on the plains) and the very rich (who like the views and the cleaner air, plus maybe a sense of superiority.