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Taiwan Landslide

Posted by feww on September 1, 2013

Car caught in sudden landslide

The sudden landslide along a coastal road in northern Taiwan crushed a car and was captured by a dashcam in another vehicle traveling closely behind. A massive boulder narrowly missed the car.

Landslides in Taiwan

A massive landslide buried a 300-m stretch of the No. 3 Freeway between Taipei and Keelung. Photo. Taiwan News. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Landslides Kill Dozens of People

Posted by feww on May 4, 2010

Latest Landslide Casualties

Myanmar Border with China

About two dozen Chinese workers have been killed or reported as missing after a landslide in a Myanmar region bordering with southwest China’s Yunan Province, reports said.


The construction site on No. 3 Freeway at the junction with the No. 2 Freeway that leads to the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is seen in this photograph taken yesterday.  Photo: Central News Agency. Image may be subject to copyright.

A Taiwanese construction worker died in second freeway landslide, a week  afetr another deadly mudslide  claimed four lives.

“Too much water was collecting at the base of a bridge, making it necessary for workers to pump out the water. While Su was pumping, the earth around him collapsed and swept him down 10m, fire fighters said. Rescue workers needed half an hour to free him, but by then he was completely covered in mud, reports said.” A report said.

On April 26, a massive landslide blocked a 300-meter long section of a major road, the No.3 Freeway between Taipei and Keelung, burying 4 people under thousands of tons of earth and rocks. The volume of earth that moved onto the freeway was later estimated at about 200,000m³ of rock and soil.


Landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed more than 2 dozen people, and made hundreds homeless in Kenya. Dozens of homes have been destroyed, a report said. See also: Kenya villagers die in Rift Valley landslide


Some 32 villages were isolated from the center of Azerbaijan as landslide destroyed a major road, Guba-Gonagkend, in Guba region of the country, a report said.

The “Ministry of Emergency Situations” dispatched aid helicopters to deliver foods to the affected villages.

According to  Azerbaijan New Agency, APA, some 71 landslides were reported in the country in 2009 including 29 incidents within the first 4 months of the year. The number of landslides reported in the first quarter of this year totaled 110 incidents, or 3.8 time as many as last year.

According to the chief of Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry, Shaig Niftiyev, the government hot line had received 11 reports of landslides in the last two days, APA reported.

Atmospheric condensation and torrential rains

“ The recent observations revealed 178 zones of landslide in the country. Monitoring and geological work was done once in these areas. The majority of them are stabilized areas. But this stabilization does not mean that there will not be landslide in this area. There is periodical activation in the landslide processes,” he said.

“The great majority of the landslides occur along the foot of the Great Caucasus and Mountainous Talish. A landslide occurred on the 32km of Goranboy-Agjakend highway in Ashagi Agjakend village. Though it was a local area, the landslide caused serious damage. A local landslide in Gariblar village of Tovuz region killed one. The landslide occurred in alunite production field in Dashkesan last February. When we visited the site we made prognosis that the landslide would continue in Altundagh settlement too. Mollahasanli village of Dashkesan also suffered from the disaster. It has been a landslide area since 1990s. The landslide intensified there last year and caused serious damages this year too. Yesterday we were informed that the landslide area intensified again.”

Ministry experts say Azerbaijan landslides are invariably triggered by the increase in atmospheric condensation. “[A 25-cm] snow cover [triggered] the landslide zone in Guba region.  [The hazard was worsened by] torrential rains.”

Another land slide caused much destruction to Dashkesen region of Azerbaijan on May 2, 2010.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):
Water Crisis in Mbuji-Mayi Caused by Landslide

Hundreds of thousands of people in Mbuji-Mayi, central DRC, are facing a severe water crisis after a landslide destroyed their town’s water supply in March.

Many of  town’s three million population have to walk at least 20km in search of water every day, a report said.

“Lack of water in Mbuji-Mayi has been dire for several weeks now; at the moment people are obliged to walk over 20km to fetch water for domestic use from small rivers around the town,” Theodore Thiyekele, a priest, told IRIN. “Others are buying drinking water from young men who fetch it from sources far away from the town.”

Landslide Blocked Railway in Armenia

A large landslide triggered by torrential rains blocked the railway lines, stopping the trains  near Vanadzor-Alaverdi, Armenia, Emergency officials said, News-am reported.

“Railway was covered by 500 m³ layer of soil Sunday. The road was partially cleaned by 2:35 p.m., trains traffic was temporarily resumed,” an official statement said.

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Landslide News

Posted by feww on April 28, 2010

Sinkhole opening up on Hunza Valley’s Attabad landslide dam

A massive landslide which killed 19 people in Attabad, northern Pakistan early this year, also formed a natural dam blocking the fast flowing Hunza River, and creating a lake that is drowning upstream villages as it expand. See original entry. Collapse of the dam would result in a major catastrophe for thousands of people living in downstream villages.

People wait for boats at a lake created after a massive landslide block the Hunza River in Attabad, northern Pakistan. The river has now turned into a lake that is consuming upstream as it expands. If dam breaks, a flash flood could threaten downstream villages. Photo dated  Thursday March 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Shabbir Ahmed Mir). Image may be subject to copyright. Click image to enlarge.

The lake level is rising at a rate of about 40cm per day. Photo Source: The Express Tribune. Image may be subject to copyright. For more information click here.

On March 16, 2010, ALI on NASA’s EO-1 satellite captured this true-color image of the lake created by the landslide of January 4. (Note that north is on the right.) Dark rock covers the river in the upper left corner of the image, and the turquoise V-shaped lake stretches out behind the slide. Near the temporary lake, the Karakoram Highway is a faint meandering line of pale brown. A bridge across the Hunza River has been submerged by the rising waters. The bridge connects the settlements of Shaskat (or Shiskit) and Gulmit on the region’s only route to and from China. Image and Caption: NASA. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG)


A landslide  in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan buried a house  killing four members of a family. The landslide occurred in the Garibli village in the Tovuz region about 420 kilometers from the capital Baku at 6:00am local time on April 27, The Azerbaijani Emergency Situations Ministry reported.

Photo: Trend. Image may be subject to copyright.


A landslide caused by heavy rains killed three children, aged between 2 and 10,  in their bed  in the northern province of Ha Giang, Vietnam, an official was quoted as saying.

A search is ongoing for the mother and another nine-year-old boy, local district official Nguyen Thi Duoc said, adding that the family was from the Hmong ethnic minority.

The monsoon usually hits the country between July and November, but strong rains at other times of the year also sometimes cause landslides, particularly in remote mountainous areas.

UK: Large part of Cornwall coastal footpath collapses

A large section of the cliff-face collapsed on to the seashore below. No-one was on the pathway when landslide occurred.

Government geologist Richard Hocking said that the area had had a problem “for a while. …  “The actual fault plane wasn’t obvious when I inspected it a couple of weeks ago, so it’s caught us out a little bit.” Photo: BBC. Image may be subject to copyright.

Taiwan Freeway Landslide Update

KEELUNG REEWAY, TAIWAN – Dozens of excavators dig in massive landslide searching for missing people on the Taiwan Freeway outside the northeastern port of Keelung. At least three cars are believed to be buried underneath thousands of tons of rocks and earth. Photo released by  National Airborne Service Corps. Click image to enlarge.

As of Wednesday morning (UTC+8 hrs), four bodies had been dug out of the massive landslide that had buried the No. 3 National Freeway in northern Taiwan, the Keelung City Fire Bureau was quoted as saying.

Landslide in Kakheti Region, Georgia,  after a week of torrential rain
The heavy rain caused a landslide in the Telavi district`s village of Shalaubani. In addition, the flood has damaged the reservoir of the drinking water in the same village, leaving locals without the water supply.”

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