- Disaster Management in India - a New Awakening
Dr RK Bhandari
Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management
Vellore Institute of Technology
The base of old landslides provide flat open spaces which are often used by humans to construct new settlements.
Topkhana (11th Mile) Kalimpong provides a text book example of this. What was in 1968, the scene of devastation is today a densely populated area. In most cases, the hazard is only dormant and may resurface again as it did in Sep2007 when a long crack developed along the hill overlooking this area.
Many residents were forced to flee their houses and take shelter for a week in an open market place..
like so many places I have written about , nothing at all has been done regarding landslide prevention in this area.