Answer the following questions in not more than 125 words.

When can developmental activities become the cause of disasters?

Developmental activities can trigger natural disasters over longer periods of time. These include:

• Development of port towns on the shores of the country make the people susceptible to disasters like cyclones and hurricanes.

• Construction on slopes of the young mountains can trigger landslides by loosening the soil on the slopes.

• Agriculture and extensive ploughing on slopes can also cause landslides

• Massive construction of roads is associated with floods and water logging, due to lack of percolation of water into the earth.