Monday 30 May 2016

Landslide kills six in Zhejiang Province, China.

Six people have been confirmed dead following a landslide in the city of Jiande in Zhejiang Province, China, which occurred slightly after midnight on Sunday 29 May 2016. The landslide, which engulfed three houses occurred following several hours of extremely heavy rain, with 144 mm being recorded within a two hour period. 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.

The approximate location of the 29 May 2016 Jiande Landslide.  Google Maps.

Jiande has a warm wet climate, with high levels of rain all year round, however the wettest months are typically June, which on average receives over 240 mm of rainfall, and May which typically receives over 220 mm.

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