Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The changing face of Landslides - human induced landslips (Darjeeling,17Apr2012)




"I fear that we will see a legacy of landslides in the urban areas of Asia over the next decade as a result of the incredible rate of urbanization in Asia."
- Professor Dave Petley, BSc (Hons) AKC PhD FRGS FGS ILTM CGeog
University of Durham,
UK


The above landslide occurred in the heart of Darjeeling town at approx 0830h on 17Apr2012 and as per people whom we talked to it was caused by construction activity below a road leading to Sinclairs Hotel in Darjeeling.
Except for a few showers in the first week of April2012, we have just emerged from a bone dry winter and as such drainage may not be a significant causative factor in this small slip.

Photo credit : Compuset, Darjeeling

Praful Rao

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