×

Reservoir Filling Linked to Dangerous Landslides: A Cautionary Tale in Hoseynabad-e Kalpush Village

Causal relationship found between 2019 Iranian landslide and dam construction, scientists say

Reservoir Filling Linked to Dangerous Landslides: A Cautionary Tale in Hoseynabad-e Kalpush Village

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the construction of dams worldwide, driven by the need for water supply and energy generation. However, concerns have been raised about the potential risks associated with building dams, including the increased likelihood of landslides in nearby areas. A recent study has highlighted a clear connection between the filling of a reservoir and a landslide incident in Hoseynabad-e Kalpush village in Iran.

In March 2019, a devastating landslide struck the village, causing severe damage to 300 houses and cutting off access to the nearby dam. Local authorities initially attributed the landslide to heavy rainfall, denying any connection to the dam. However, researchers from the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam analyzed satellite data and found that the movement of the slope began shortly after the reservoir started to fill in 2013.

The study published in Engineering Geology indicates that engineers and policymakers need to take into account the impacts of reservoir filling on nearby geological structures, and implement measures to mitigate the risk of landslides. The incident in Hoseynabad-e Kalpush village serves as a cautionary tale, emphasizing the need for thorough risk assessment and planning in dam construction projects. By understanding potential consequences of dam construction, we can work towards more sustainable and safe water management practices in the future.

The construction of dams is often seen as an effective solution for providing both water supply and energy generation worldwide. However, this comes with risks that need to be carefully considered before any project begins.

One major concern is landslides that can occur near reservoirs due to changes in water levels. When water levels rise due to heavy rainfall or overflow from upstream sources, it can cause soil erosion and instability on slopes adjacent to reservoirs.

A recent study published in Engineering Geology highlights this issue by examining a landslide incident that occurred in Hoseynabad-e Kalpush village in Iran.

Researchers analyzed satellite data from March 2019 when a devastating landslide struck

You May Have Missed