Sunday, 27 July 2014

At least six dead following Uttarakhand landslide.

Six people are known to have died and two more have been injured following a landslide that hit part of the village of Pangla in the Dharchula district of Uttarakhand State, India, on the afternoon of Sunday 27 July 2014. Border guards from the Sashastra Seema Bal and Indo-Tibetan Border Police arrived quickly at the site, which is close to the border with Nepal, and dug out five bodies and three survivors. However one of these survivors subsequently died before reaching hospital.

The approximate location of the 27 July 2014 Pangla village landslide. Google Maps.

The precise cause of the landlside is unknown, however July marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Uttarakhand (which typically lasts until September), and the state has experienced heavy rainfall from much of the last week, resulting in a number of flash floods and several fatalities. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall.

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