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Congress: First Himalayan Engineering Geological Congress (HEGC-I)
Himalaya is one of the most active and fragile mountain chains in the world but it is also the youngest and the highest mountain range on the Earth, which extends over a length of about 2400 km. It is the home to millions of people of Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and other South Asian countries. Every year, especially during the summer monsoon period, landslides and related natural disaster events claim many lives and destroy property, infrastructure and the environment of the Himalayas. A large number of human settlements on the Himalaya are situated either on old landslide masses or in landslide-prone areas.