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3 July 2014

Vietnam flash floods: a good new video

A video has been posted on Youtube showing a dramatic flash flood in Vietnam last month

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23 September 2012

Landslides kill 27 people in Sikkim, India

Landslides caused by heavy rainfall have killed at least 27 people in Sikkim, N. India

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7 July 2012

An astonishing flash flood video from Steffisburg in Switzerland

Heavy rainfall caused a flash flood in Steffisberg in Switzerland on Thursday. The event was caught on video

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16 August 2010

The rapidly developing flood crisis in Pakistan: 16th August 2010

The flood crisis in Pakistan continues to develop with a surprising pace.  In an earlier post I suggested that this event might be Pakistan’s equivalent of Hurricane Katrina (i.e. a wake-up call for effective disaster management), but now it is starting to look more like the equivalent of the Haiti Earthquake – i.e. an event that is so catastrophic that the coping capacity of the state is exceeded.  There is …

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15 August 2010

Pakistan flood update – 15th August 2010

The second flood wave is now starting to affect the most devastated areas of Sindh.  The PakMet FFD hydrograph for Guddu has started to show an increase in discharge once again: Note that the flood level has been above the exceptionally high (danger) level for ten days now.  Downstream at Sukkur the water level continues to fall very slowly, again remaining well above the danger level: Expect this to start …

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3 August 2010

Update on the flood wave in Pakistan, plus an update on the monsoon in India and on typhoon activity in the NW Pacific

The true magnitude of the disaster in Pakistan is now becoming clear – this appears to be the country’s equivalent of Hurricane Katrina.  It has to be hoped that lessons are learnt both within the country and by the international community in terms of disaster risk reduction there. In 2007 the World Health Organisation produced a flood potential map for Pakistan, which I reproduce below: The flood wave is travelling …

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1 August 2010

The floods in Pakistan

In the UK the current floods in Pakistan are failing to gather the level of coverage that they deserve, although there has at least been some interest.  The death toll is currently standing at over 1,100 people, with a million or more directly affected.  Fortunately, the Attabad Dam appears to have avoided the worst of the rainfall, so far at least, and has remained intact, although the water level has …

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25 September 2009

First images from a visit to the Shiaolin landslide

Today, with two colleagues, I have visited the site of the Shiaolin landslide in Taiwan, which killed about 500 people on 8th August. I will write a longer analysis soon (we are due to go back tomorrow), but for now I will just provide a before and after image. Before: After (the village was at the foot of the slope): And this is the aftermath of the flood caused by …

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18 May 2009

Culvert failure video

Whilst this is not strictly a landslide, the video below of the failure of a culvert makes very interesting viewing. The ability of the channelled water to erode rapidly is a lesson that is often forgotten. The video was captured by MWTW.com photojournalist Kevyn Fowler in Freeport, Maine during a storm.

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6 November 2008

Floods in France

France is currently suffering some terrible flooding that is also resulting in a serious threat of mudslides to the extent that some motorways (freeways) have had to be closed. Although not really landslides, I felt I just had to show the following pictures of the Grangent reservoir on the Loire valley, which has trapped an extraordinary amount of debris washed down the river as a result of the rainfall: Debris …

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