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GEO Report No. 326
Report No. : GEO Report No. 326

Report Title : Review of Landslides in 2013 (2017), 47 p.

 Author : R.W.H. Lee & D.O.K. Lo

Abstract

This report presents the findings of a diagnostic review of the landslides in 2013 that were reported to the Government. The review forms part of the GEO's systematic landslide investigation programme, which is an integral component of the Government's slope safety system. The aims of this report are to review the performance of the Government's slope safety system and identify areas for improvement, as well as to further enhance the slope engineering practice in Hong Kong.

Altogether, 241 genuine landslides in 2013 were reported to the Government. There were nine major landslides (viz. failure volume of 50 m³ or more) including one occurring on an engineered man-made slope. There were also 13 minor landslides (viz. failure volume of less than 50 m³) occurring on engineered man-made slopes. The corresponding annual failure rate of engineered slopes is about 0.052% on a slope number basis (i.e. number of landslides relative to the total number of engineered slopes).

Overall, 99.95% of the engineered man-made slopes performed satisfactorily without occurrence of landslides in 2013.

Recommendations for further improvement of the slope safety system and slope engineering practice in Hong Kong are also given in this report.


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