Land slide is defined as "the movement of a mass of rock, debris, or earth down a slope." The term encompasses events such as rock falls, topples, slides, spreads, and flows, such as debris flows commonly referred to as mudflows or mudslides. Land slides can be initiated by rainfall, earthquakes, volcanic activity, changes in groundwater, disturbance and change of a slope by man-made construction activities, or any combination of these factors. source: USGS
15 Jul 2014, NPG
With extreme weather events becoming more common, land resources dwindling and urban development spiralling, landslides 'are increasing in frequency, scope and destructive capacity', says Sálvano Briceño, chair of the scientific committee at Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, an international research programme headquartered in Beijing...
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Source of data: 2009 Global Assessment Report
|Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database|
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