Reconnaissance of the July 10, 2000, Payatas Landfill failure

Scott M. Merry, Edward Kavazanjian, Wolfgang U. Fritz

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Following ten days of extremely heavy rains from two typhoons, a fast moving slope failure of municipal solid waste was triggered at the Payatas Landfill, Quezon City, Philippines. The wasteslide buried more than 330 persons. Only 58 persons were rescued while, after weeks of recovery efforts, 278 bodies were recovered. This paper documents the events and circumstances that led to the failure. Beyond stating the known facts leading up to the failure, only a brief discussion of the suspected reasons for the failure is presented in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-107
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2005


  • Failures
  • Landfills
  • Landslides
  • Municipal wastes
  • Philippine Islands
  • Slopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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