26 September 2010
First, an apology in advance. I am just en route to Chengdu in China, where I will stay until Saturday. Whilst this provides an opportunity to return to Beichuan, which will be very interesting in the context of the rainfall-induced landslides this summer, it presents some other challenges. The most serious of these is that Blogger is blocked by the Great Firewall of China, so I will not be able to access it to make posts. So if it all goes quiet for the next few days, please accept my apologies. I should be able to post again on Saturday.
Anyway, in the meantime thanks to various people for highlighting photos of the various landslide-related train incidents over the last 48 hours. It now appears that New Zealand on its own experienced two incidents; in addition to the one at Manawatu Gorge there was also an incident at Taumaranui. There were no injuries in either case.
In terms of the Manawatu Gorge incident, stuff.co.nz has a pretty spectacular set of images:
Meanwhile, there are also some images of the incident in India available on The Hindu website here. Unfortunately, at the time of writing their site is down, but I managed to access it last night. Hopefully you will have more luck!