Mudslide Kills Two in Maitama Construction Site

By Mustapha Suleiman

Mudslides, also known as debris flows or mudflows, are a common type of fast-moving landslides that are caused by disturbances in the natural stability of a slope. They can happen after heavy rains, droughts, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), mudslides can occur at any time of the year, regardless of weather conditions. And they can strike without any prior warning signs.

Also, poor construction and reckless modification of land - such as not draining an area properly before building on or near it - can also create the conditions ripe for a mudslide.