Saturday 14 September 2013

Four member of the same family killed in Abbottabad landslide.

Four members of a family have been killed when a landslide hit their home at Loramir Village in Abbottabad District in northeast Pakistan on Thursday 12 September 2013. The four deceased have been named as Shehnaz Bibi, Bilqees Bibi, Tayyab Khan (19) and Talib Khan (10). A fifth person, Saeeda Bibi, has been taken to he Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad with critical injuries.

The approximate location of the 12 September 2013 Loramir landslide. Google Maps.

The Himalayas have been suffering the heaviest Monsoon rains in eighty years, triggering widespread flooding and numerous landslides, with more rains forecast over the coming days. 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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