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Getting a grip on landslides: Reducing the risk of landslides in India
This booklet refers to the initiatives taken by the National Disaster Management Authority in India, in managing the risk of landslides. India is a country prone to different types of landslides. This calamity can cause signiﬁcant destruction in terms of loss of lives and property. As per the Geological Survey of India (GSI), about 0.42 million km2 (covering nearly 12.6% of the land area of our country) is prone to landslides.
In recent years, the incidence of landslides has increased due to extreme weather events, environmental degradation due to human interference and other anthropogenic activities, resulting in heavy loss of human lives, livestock and property. Therefore, it is a growing challenge before the technocrats of the country to minimize these losses. This is also an opportunity for them to create technology solutions through application of artificial intelligence to minimize the impacts of landslides in the future. Since local communities are the first responders in any disaster, the technological solutions should be tailored keeping in mind their needs and requirements.