• This study identiﬁes deadly landslides in 128 countries and it encompasses their role, for a 20 years period.
• It is considered representative for establishing a relationship between landslides and their meteorological triggers.
• A hot spot analysis for the daily record of landslide locations was performed.
• A percentile-based approach was used to evaluate the trend of extreme rainfall events for each occurrence.
• For 20 years, 3876 landslides caused a total of 163,658 deaths and 11,689 injuries globally.
• A signiﬁcant global rise in the number of deadly landslides and hotspots across the studied period was observed.
• This study conﬁrmed more than half of the events were in areas exposed to the risk of extreme rainfall.