Development of a landslide risk rating system for small-scale landslides affecting settlements in Guatemala City
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Many settlements in the Guatemala City Metropolitan Area (GCMA) face significant possibilities of fatalities due to their location in steep ravines that are subjected to periodic large-scale landslides. Since the housing in the at-risk areas is relatively low-cost, it is typically cost-prohibitive to mitigate the risk to an acceptable level. Thus, permanent relocation is the only truly viable option to ensure the long-term safety of everyone. However, there are several economic and social obstacles impeding successful implementation of a relocation program. Still, there are many other landslide ...