Ecology Ministry of Azerbaijan reveals causes of landslide areas activation
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 16 /Trend A.Akhundov/
The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources revealed the causes of landslide areas activation.
"The dormant landslide areas awakened in Azerbaijan due to the severe winter," Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Huseyngulu Bagirov said on Monday.
He said the landslide zones in Azerbaijan can be divided into two types.
"It is a historic landslide zones and new landslide area, arising in a period of human activity. Today landslides occur in areas of the second kind and are observed mainly near rivers and in the foothill regions," Bagirov said.
Recent increase in the number of cattle in the regions of the country affects the growth of the number of landslides, he said.
"In Soviet times, an area of one hectare accounted for 2.5 head of cattle. Today in the lowland areas the rate is 47 heads. As a result, the upper grass cover of soil thinned, which promotes activation of landslides," the Minister said.