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.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Rainfall data of some towns in the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya: Jun2020
Jun 2020 turned out to be a WET month for the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas, in fact for Kurseong at least, the wettest June in the last 5 years
What is very apparent from the data below is that most of the precipitation occurred - in intense bursts. See image of STH AWS panel of 17Jun recording a transient rainfall intensity of 106.7mm per hour at Kalimpong and it is this type of intense rainfall which triggers landslides.
Towards the latter half of the months, RED & Amber warnings for heavy rainfall became the norm rather than the exception in SHWB (SubHimalayan W Bengal) and Sikkim.
The rainfall of Jun2020 resulted in numerous landslides in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts as well as many in North Sikkim. STH will try and document as many as possible in this blog.
My thanks to Ms Shreya Gurung for her help
Darjeeling- Sikkim Himalaya