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"Slinging Mud and Landslides"

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Posted: Dec 3, 2012 7:14 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Landslides. KIiling 10 times more people. 7, 000 global fatalities

The International Landslide Centre reports that the dominant global trigger for landslides is monsoon rain. Weatherwise Magazine noted that tropical cyclones generate extreme rainfall events that activate landslides in Asia and hurricanes have the same effect on sections of the Caribbean and Central America. Landslides kill ten times more people around the world than previously believed. The Centre recently developed a data base that provides the first detailed analysis of worldwide landslide fatalities. The majority of fatalities are concentrated in hotspots including China, Central and South America. Deforestation, the melting of permafrost in mountainous areas and population densities are additional factors in the cause, extent and effects of the landslides. This research will assist governments and resource managers to initiate steps to minimize loss and implement life saving measures.

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