SaveTheHills(STH) is a group of concerned citizens who are raising awareness about landslides in Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya.
Many landslides are the direct or indirect result of human interference and preventable if sufficient care is taken.
As such, unless we begin a comprehensive and sustained program towards landslide management, prevention and mitigation, the consequences of ignoring years of human callousness will, in the future be devastating.
Average monthly rainfall for the month of June (source) : 495mm
As we move into the third week of Jun2010, the rainfall we have received is well below the average rainfall (see IMD chart above) - yet we have had 3 fatalities in Kalimpong (see here) and at least 3 major landslides on NH (National Highway) 31A (see here) which links Siliguri-Gangtok and NH55 (Siliguri-Darjeeling) - see here.
Besides this I know that Sikkim has had its own share of landslides which have disrupted water supply to the capital and roads