Myanmar landslide: 90 dead at Kachin jade mine

Myanmar landslide: 90 dead at Kachin jade mine

Myanmar landslide: 90 dead at Kachin jade mine

Written by Staff Writer

22 Nov, 2015 | 6:17 pm

A landslide at a jade mine has killed at least 90 people in northern Myanmar.

Local media reported that the victims were buried when a vast heap of waste material, discarded by the mining companies, collapsed in Kachin state .

Many of the dead were scavengers living on or near the waste dumps, who search through the debris in the hope of finding fragments of jade to sell.

The state of Kachin produces some of the best jade in the world.

The landslide in Hpakant happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, and there are reports of dozens more missing.

A huge rescue operation is underway with the Myanmar Red Cross, the army, police and local community groups all at the scene trying to dig people out of the earth.

-BBC 

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