Monday 30 November 2015

Woman killed by Himachal Pradesh landslide.

A woman has died following a landslide close to the village of Chuwang in Jinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh, on Sunday 29 November 2015. She has been identified as Ganga Devi, a teacher from the village, who was reportedly hit by the landslide while on her way to work. Her body has yet to be found.

The approximate location of the 29 November 2015 Chuwang landslide. Google Maps.

Mountainous areas of Himachal Pradesh (which is most of the state) are notoriously prone to landslides, particularly during the monsoon season, which lasts from July to September, when very high rainfall levels can trigger many such events. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather, 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.

However November is generally considered a dry month in Himachal Pradesh, and this years has been drier than usual, with many areas experiencing little or no rainfall. Instead this incident has is the latest in a series of events that has been associated by local people with the construction of hydroelectric dams in the area, with claims that irresponsible mountain-cutting and blasting have triggered a number of landslips in the area, several of them fatal.

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