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12% Indian land prone to landslides as climate change increases the risks

Last year, 264 Indians died in landslides, said a report on accidental deaths and suicides in 2019 by the National Crime Records Bureau

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Workers removing boulders and clearing the roads on WEH at Malad after excessive rains in the city on Tuesday caused a major landslide, in Mumbai on Friday.

Manu Moudgil | IndiaSpend Chandigarh
Six days’ relentless rain had saturated the soil on the rolling slopes of Rajamala hamlet in Anamalai hills--which support tea and coffee plantations--in Idukki district of Kerala. On August 6, 2020, the downpour became especially torrential, forcing a portion of the hills to move, triggering a landslide that brought boulders and slurry crashing down on a settlement of tea estate workers in Pettimudi valley, killing 70 people and flattening rows of tin-roofed houses.

Although monsoon rains cause landslides every year, economic activities and the climate crisis are increasing the risk, especially in the Himalayas and the Western Ghats.

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First Published: Oct 02 2020 | 10:25 AM IST

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