At least 162 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

At least 162 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

At least 162 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Written by Staff Writer

04 Jul, 2020 | 9:20 pm

At least 162 bodies have been found after a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, according to foreign media reports.

Rescue work has continued all day for people still missing at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin state.

A wave of mud and rock triggered by heavy rain engulfed those collecting stones, the fire service said.

Myanmar is the world’s biggest source of jade but its mines have seen numerous accidents, many involving people who scavenge for stones.

Police said some people had defied a warning issued on Wednesday not to work in the area after the rainfall, although the advice may also have saved many lives.

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