Articles | Volume 18, issue 12
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 3203–3210, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-3203-2018

Special issue: Landslide–transport network interactions

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 3203–3210, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-3203-2018

Research article 30 Nov 2018

Research article | 30 Nov 2018

Roads and landslides in Nepal: how development affects environmental risk

Brian G. McAdoo et al.

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Road development in Nepal promises to improve access to markets, education and healthcare, but not without hazardous consequences. Using GIS maps of monsoon-triggered landslides, we show that rural roads are responsible for doubling the number of landslides in one mountainous district. Engineers are seeking sustainable and affordable eco-solutions to help stabilize these roads in order to prevent further loss of life and property as Nepal approaches this next phase in its development.
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