In total [there were] 6,211 deaths in 494 landslide events [in 2010]. This is lower than in some previous years because of the lack of large-scale, landslide-triggering earthquakes. However, in terms of rainfall-induced events this was a bad year.
In total I have recorded 83,275 deaths from landslides since September 2002, a devastating total. It is also interesting to note that my data continue to record an increasing trend in the number of non-seismically induced landslides that kill people. Whilst an element of this may be associated with improved data, my interpretation is that this does reflect a real increase in the number of landslides occurring worldwide. This is clearly a worrying trend
The source article Global deaths from landslides in 2010 was published February 5, 2011 by American Geophysical Union| The Landslide Blog | .