Monday, 15 September 2014

At least three dead following landslide in Chongqing, southwest China.

Three people are known to have died at it is feared that as many as five more may be burried following a landslide in the Changshou District of Chongqing City in southwest China (a largely rural district to the northeast of the city itself, but under its administration) on Sunday 14 September 2014. The event happened after a severe rainstorm, that has brought severe flooding to the district, destroying at least 375 houses and displacing around 8000 people. 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.

Rescue workers at the site of the Changshou landslide on 14 September 2014. Liu Chan/Xinhau.

Chongqing has a monsoon-influenced subtropical climate, receiving over 1000 mm of rainfall per year. September is towards the end of the rainy season, with the area typically experiencing around 130 mm of rainfall during the month.

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