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1 June 2017

Landslide weirdness: Sri Lanka

Landslide weirdness: an article in a newspaper in Sri Lanka blames the recent devastating landslides on a shift towards the North Pole!

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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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19 July 2016

The Aranayake landslide disaster in Sri Lanka – a JICA report

The Aranayake landslide disaster in Sri Lanka JICA has now posted a report online (NB it’s a PDF) providing the initial results of an investigation of the May 2016 Aranayake landslide disaster in Sri Lanka, which killed 127 people. This is a complex landslide – the image below from the report provides the best overview of the whole of the landslide, from the small failure at the crown to the …

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19 May 2016

The Aranayake landslide in Sri Lanka

The Aranayake landslide in Sri Lanka is now thought to have killed about 140 people. Images are becoming available of this complex landslide

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1 October 2015

Kothmale landslide in Sri Lanka: drone footage

Drone footage is now available of the interesting Kothmale landslide in Sri Lanka, which killed seven people on 25th September 2015

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14 September 2015

The Rilpola, Badulla landslide in Sri Lanka: a 3D rendering

The Japanese aid agency JICA have generated a wonderful 3D rendering of the Rilpola, Badulla landslide in Sri Lanka, which shows the likely role of inadequate engineering on a track in initiating the landslide.

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27 July 2012

Landslides from the South Asian monsoon in 2012 to date

A review of the 2012 monsoon season to date for South Asia. Monsoon rainfall is very weak, leading to an unusually low number of landslides so far.

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23 January 2011

Losses from the Brazil, Sri Lanka and Philippines landslide disasters

I thought a summary of  the current levels of known losses from the three big landslide and flood disasters that have greeted the New Year would be helpful: 1. Brazil The latest update on losses of life in this disaster is as follows, according to the Brazil Civil Defence Agency: Nova Friburgo: 389 deaths Teresopolis: 324 deaths Petropolis: 65 deaths, Sumidouro: 22 deaths Other towns: 3 deaths Total: 803 fatalities, …

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23 May 2010

Meanwhile, elsewhere

Although all eyes, and increasingly those of the media (which is showing considerable interest in this blog), are on Attabad, other landslides are happening around the world as we enter the rainy season in many landslide prone areas of the Northern Hemisphere.  In the last few days a number of significant landslide events have occurred: 1. A landslide-induced rail crash in China this morning.Xinhua reports that an 8000 cubic metre, …

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