Cloudburst

Landslide is often accompanied by cloudburst. A cloudburst is an extreme amount of precipitation, sometimes with hailstorms and thunderstorms. It occurs for few minutes and can create flood conditions which often results in landslides.

On 6 August 2010, in Leh, a cloudburst and heavy rains caused flash floods. About 193 people were reported to have died and 200 people were reported missing. Thousands of people were rendered homeless and extensive damage to property and infrastructure took place.

Preventive Measures and Management

Prevention of natural disasters like cyclone, tsunami, cloudbursts is not in human hands. However, early warning system could help in saving lives. It is also important to have a ready home plan to tackle aftermath especially by those living in the vicinity of disaster prone areas.