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Landslides are getting worse in Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge – Landslides in the Mekong River Delta have deprived locals’ of their homes and depleted natural resources
While people have to struggle hard with the rigors of the nature, they themselves cause serious landslides harmful to their lives.
According to the Department for Disaster Control under the General Department of Water Resources, there are 737 landslide hotspots along the riverbanks and coasts with a total length of 1,257 kilometers. Of these, 265 spots are in the Mekong River Delta with total length of 450 kilometers.
In An Giang Province, 48 river sections with 156 kilometers in length, are prone to landslide and erosion. Of these, 10 river sections have been marked as ‘very dangerous’ and 31 as ‘dangerous’.
About 5-10 landslide cases occur every year, which causes the loss of 15-20 hectares of land and damages worth VND10 million. In 2012 alone, the province witnessed 15 landslide cases that caused the disappearance of 30 hectares of land and damages worth VND18 billion. Because of the landslide, 350 households had to evacuate to new places.
In Can Tho City, landslides killed four people and injured five, damaging 37 houses and causing losses of VND10 billion. 
Most recently, a serious landslide case swallowed 100 meters of concrete road in Cai rang District in the dry season, interrupting traffic and shocking hundreds of households nearby.
According to an official of the Can Tho City, landslide occurs in both flooding and dry season, near main rivers or canal networks. 
Experts believe that landslides are getting more serious because of the impact of the river flow, especially floods and high tides, weak geological structure and poor resistance to erosion.
However, scientists believe that the biggest danger is from human daily activities. 
People have encroached on riverbanks to make room for houses and have built embankments for agricultural production.
According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang, there are three reasons that cause landslide. 
First, the construction of works on the upper course of Mekong River. 
Second, the increasing impact of climate change. 
Third, human’s activities to develop local economies, including unreasonable use of coastal land, sand overexploitation and aquaculture development.
Do Duc Trung, deputy head of the Southern Institute for Irrigation Works Programming, has issued warnings about the degradation of the mangrove forests. Under the Prime Minister’s Decision 667, the mangrove forest area before sea dykes was targeted to be 24,000 hectares, but there are 12,000 hectares only.
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Severe flooding and landslides causes complete mayhem in Meghalaya and Assam, India

12 Killed in Meghalaya Landslides in 4 Days; Flood Situation Worsens in Assam
The landslides were triggered by heavy rain (Photo courtesy: Alva Sangma)
12 people have died in Meghlaya in landslides triggered by heavy rains in the last four days.
Five people died in two separate landslides in Meghalaya this morning. The landslides were triggered by heavy rain, which have been continuing for the last two weeks.
Four people of a family were sleeping inside their home in Nakham Bazaar in Tura when a landslide hit the area. All four of them died. Another person was killed in a separate landslide in Akongre.
Three people were killed in a landslide in East Garo Hills last night. A bridge collapse in South Garo Hills means that area is cut off from the rest of the country.  
Heavy rain triggered a major landslide in Meghalaya’s Jaintia hills region on June 13, including National Highway 44, killing four persons and injuring two. Thousands of vehicles are stranded along the stretch.
All these areas are close to the Assam border, where the flood situation is worsening with the Brahmaputra and Jia Bharali rivers flowing above the danger mark in some places.
One lakh seventy five thousand people across 11 districts have been affected in Assam, with Goalpara being the worst affected. Many link roads, and small bridges, especially in Goalpara, are under water.
On Monday, Assam received excess rainfall, inundating houses with flood water. There has been damage to roads and culverts in at least 11 districts in the state.
10 relief camps have been set up across Assam, with seven of them just in Goalpara. There are around 1700 people in these relief camps.
The floods have also affected over 9000 hectares of crop area.
The Assam government says it is coordinating relief efforts, but says the situation is not out of control or as bad as the floods of last year when over four lakh people were displaced.
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Severe storm causes a landslide which kills 3; 2 missing in Corsica’s French Island

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Search and rescue units continued their efforts on Thursday to find two hikers believed to be missing in the mountains on the French island of Corsica after it was hit by a landslide brought on by a severe storm, leaving three people dead and three others seriously injured.
Northern Corsican regional governor Alain Thirion said in an interview with France 2 radio station that two people from a group of hikers were yet to be located in the mountains.
Thirion added that in addition to the three dead, three hikers with severe wounds were transferred to a hospital Bastia, the capital of Northern Corsica, by helicopter.
The landslide struck on Wednesday afternoon, taking the mountaineers by surprise as they hiked Corsica’s famous GR20 trail.
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Massive landslide blocks river in Western Nepal

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Thousands of people have fled to safety following a landslide in western Nepal which blocked the flow of a river.
The Kali Gandaki River in Myagdi district, about 140km (90 miles) north-west of the capital, Kathmandu, has created a deep and growing new lake.
There are no reports of casualties. Army soldiers are being sent to help.
A number of landslides have hit Nepal since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on 25 April which killed more than 8,000 people and injured many more.
It was followed by a 7-3 magnitude quake on 12 May and several strong tremors.
Children in the village of Marming play around on the ruins of their former school that was destroyed during the 25 April earthquake on 17 May.
Nepal is still reeling from the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes
The landslide around midnight on Sunday (19:00 GMT on Saturday) has caused water levels to rise by about 200m (600ft).
“We have asked villagers along the riverside in these districts to move to safer places,” interior ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters news agency.
One of Nepal’s largest hydroelectric power plants in the area could be at risk, officials have warned.
Local people in the ruins of a collapsed house after the massive earthquake in Changunarayan on the outskirts of Bhaktapur on 22 May.
People are trying to rebuild their lives
Army helicopter were surveying the area with troops being sent to siphon off the water from the fast-growing lake.
Authorities say large areas could be at risk of flooding if the collected waters burst.
Kaligandaki River flows into India where it eventually joins the Ganges.
Quake map showing plate boundary
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Policeman does mouth-to-mouth on dog after pulling it from landslide in Colombia

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A heartwarming video captured the moment police officers rescued a dog from certain death by pulling it from a landslide.
The animal was spotted by two officers who were on patrol in the town of Salgar, Colombia, which was hit by a devastating landslide leaving more than 60 people dead.
They noticed the dog being pulled by the dangerous currents of the Liboriana River, which burst its banks after heavy rains, and acted instinctively in their bid to save it.
In the clip, a heartwarming scene from the area which has been struck by tragedy, the animal can be seen flailing as it crashes into rocks and is thrown about by the current like a rag doll.
The officers risk their own lives by jumping into the fast moving water to rescue it.
Once captured the dog is brought to the bank where two officers attempt to resuscitate it by pumping its chest and performing CPR.
Later in the clip the animal is on its feet despite appearing to be extremely weary.
According to local media, the dog had suffered injuries from the rocks in the river but is expected to make a full recovery.
Colombia’s northwest mountain region has been ravaged by landslides of late.
In Salgar more than 60 people have been killed after a landslide in the early hours of Monday morning brought mud and water down onto homes in the worst disaster of its kind for a decade.
With more people still being reported missing, the death toll is expected to rise even further.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos travelled to the area on Monday, declaring a state of emergency and promising to rebuild homes.
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Massive landslide disrupts Badrinath Yatra, India

A massive landslide in the early hours of Thursday morning at Hathi Pahaad near Vishnuprayag, almost 32 km from the Badrinath shrine, disrupted the Badrinath yatra which had begun barely five days ago. 
Over 1000 devotees from across the country and abroad, some who were on their way to the shrine and some who were returning after a darshan, were stuck at different parts of the Vishnuprayag-Marwadi stretch, considered one of the most ecologically-sensitive slide zones in the Garhwal Himalayas. 
No casualties were reported although sources said that four machines, kept for road-clearing, were struck by heavy boulders and pushed into the Alaknanda river below.
State government officials meanwhile told TOI that the yatra was not suspended and would proceed on course. Briefing media persons, additional secretary Rakesh Sharma said that a 100-member team from the Border Roads Organization (BRO), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and State Disaster Management department had been pressed into service along with six bulldozers and road-clearing machines to make the route operational. 
“Over 600 pilgrims have been evacuated, and almost 400 more would be evacuated by Friday,” said Sharma. He added that a request has been made to increase the number of helicopters being deployed in order to speed up the process of evacuation by air. 
Sanjay Guniyal, inspector general (IG) of police who led two SDRF teams to the spot said that many pilgrims were also taken to safe locations using trekking routes. “Since the road has been blocked near Hathi Pahaad, pilgrims had to leave their vehicles and trek for about 2-3 km in order to reach Joshimath. 
SDRF personnel were posted at different strategic points on the route in order to help the yatris.” He added that it might take about three days to clear the route for vehicular movement, according to reports received from BRO officials. Incidentally, two days earlier, heavy rains had triggered a landslide which had blocked a portion of the road to Badrinath, and work was ongoing to clear the route when the fresh landslide occurred.
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Massive landslide kills more than 50 in Afghanistan

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More than 50 people are feared dead in a landslide in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday.
The deputy governor for Badakshan province, Gul Muhammad Bedar, told reporters that 90 homes in a village near Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan have completely collapsed.
He said there were no accurate figures on casualties but the death toll was feared to be above 50.
He said a rescue operation led by district and provincial authorities is being hampered by a lack of resources and bad connectivity to the remote village.
Last year, a landslide in the area killed more than 2,500 and destroyed hundreds of homes.
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Landslide kills 9 in Myanmar

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Rescuers are searching for more than 20 miners buried by a landslide at a jade mine in remote war-torn northern Myanmar that killed at least nine people, state media reported on Wednesday.
The latest fatal accident to hit the country’s secretive gems industry occurred when a huge mound of loose earth that miners were combing through beside the mine in Hpakant town, Kachin state, partially collapsed in the early hours of Monday.
Authorities were alerted to the incident after two injured men were taken to the local hospital, according to the Myanma Alinn newspaper. 
“There were 30 people buried,” the report said, adding that five bodies were discovered on Monday morning and a further four were found later that day.
It said the search was ongoing without giving further details.
Hpakant is a magnet for prospectors who pick through rubble on perilous slopes left by mining firms in the hope of unearthing overlooked lumps of jade.
Accidents and landslides at the mines are commonplace.
In January, four people were killed in a landslide after heavy rains loosened a heap of debris next to a jade mine in the area.
Up to 90 percent of the world’s jadeite — the most sought-after type of jade — is mined in Hpakant, feeding a vast appetite for the green stone in Asia and particularly China, where it is believed to ward off evil spirits and improve health.
The famously murky trade remains highly lucrative, although the exact revenues from sales of the precious stone remain cloaked in secrecy, despite reforms by a quasi-civilian government aimed at opening up the resource-rich nation.
Activities in the area have been disrupted in recent months by unrest between government troops and local ethnic minority rebels.
Some 100,000 people have been displaced in the state since a 17-year ceasefire between the government and the Kachin Independence Army broke down in June 2011.
Myanmar on Tuesday hailed a draft national ceasefire with 16 of the country’s armed rebel groups as it looks to end the civil wars that have plagued the former junta-run nation for over half a century.
But a full agreement can only be officially signed after further consultation and a conference of the ethnic armed groups, for which no date has so far been set.
And it is unclear what effect the deal may have on unrest in Kachin and neighbouring Shan state.
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Landslides and heavy rain damages scores of properties in the Kashmir Valley


At least 44 structures including 18 residential houses were damaged due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall in the Kashmir Valley over the past 24 hours, police said today.
A landslide caused by rain in Chontinar village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district destroyed eight residential houses and 10 cowsheds last evening.
At least 26 residential houses were partially damaged by the landslide but there were no reports of loss of life, police said.
The incident has created panic among locals about the possibility of fresh floods in the valley, police said, adding that the residents of the area were evacuated to safety before the landslide struck.
The rainfall has also forced closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to landslides at some places, an official of the Traffic Department said.
He said the road was closed yesterday for repairs but a fresh spell of rain resulted in the arterial road remaining closed for the second consecutive day.
The valley has been witnessing heavy rainfall since Saturday, leading to a sudden surge in water level in rivers, streams and rivulets.
The Met Department has predicted more rain over the next six days with heavy rain expected today and on April 3.
However, officials of the Flood Control department said there was no cause for concern as the water level in River Jhelum was way below the danger mark.
The heavy downpour has inundated many low-lying areas of Srinagar including Rajbagh, one of the worst-hit areas unprecedented floods in September last year.
The main road in Rajbagh is covered by more than 18 inches of water while roads in other areas of the city, including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and the adjoining Regal Chowk, are also water-logged.
Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone said that the operation to drain out water was earlier delayed due to a technical fault in the power supply system.
“The fault in electricity supply has been removed and dewatering has been started. Besides the regular dewatering stations, we are pressing into service fire tenders to dewater the city roads,” Mr Lone said.
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Landslide destroys two Whidbey Island homes, USA

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A landslide has destroyed two homes on Whidbey Island.
KIRO-TV reports the homes were on Campers Row, a community along the Puget Sound accessible only by a private walkway.
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