31 August 2011
Garbage dump landslide in the Philippines
Posted by Dave Petley
The Daily Mail has an online article this morning with a set of images of the garbage dump landslide that was triggered by Typhoon Nanmadol at the Irisan dumpsite in the city of Baguio in the Philippines earlier this week. The garbage reportedly buried at least 20 houses. Three bodies of children have been recovered; two further victims are believed to be buried in the waste.
The cause of the landslide appears to be the collapse of a retaining wall.
Back in 2008 I posted a review of garbage dump landslide incidents – this is still available here. Garbage dump landslides remain a serious problem in less developed countries, but at the moment they are poorly understood.
Not to make light of a serious situation, but wow, this reminds me of a scene from one of my favorite movies, Idiocracy.
[…] the passage of typhoon Nanmadol across Taiwan last week, a large landslide was triggered at Manchou in Pingtung County. This map […]
Wow – Great connection to Mike Judge’s underrated movie Idiocracy. Fact is stranger than fiction. Tragic.
Wow is this a regular thing? There was a garbage disaster in 2001 in the philippines and hundreds were killed.
I am sorry to say the Philippines is not a less developed country, it is a develop and still developing country. The politics learned from other nations( like liberalism and socialism) prompted these people to occupy lots and development without adhering to local laws. The result is this, too much garbage is too much to handle which develops because of too much consumption and landfills as a result. It happens in some develop countries, ex. Canada exports their garbage too.
oooo that was so sad. HUHUHU