Landslide in Myanmar Mining Area Leaves Dozens Missing
Landslide in Myanmar Mining Area Leaves Dozens Missing

Naypyidaw, 22 Dec (ONA) --- A landslide at a remote jade mine in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state today killed one person and left at least 70 missing and a search and rescue operation was underway, local rescue officials said.

Reports were scant from the area in Hpakant, which is the center of the world’s biggest and most lucrative jade mining industry. It’s a region where sporadic fighting has broken out between the Myanmar army and ethnic guerrilla forces.

At least five young women and three small shops were also buried in the landslide. The body of a jade worker was unearthed from heavy mud by midday.

On 3 July 2020, at least 162 people died in a landslide in the same area, while a November 2015 accident left 113 dead. In that case, the victims died when a 60-meter (200-foot) -high mountain of earth and waste discarded by several mines collapsed in the middle of the night, covering more than 70 huts where miners were sleeping, the Associated Press (AP) news reported.

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