Myanmar jade mine landslide kills more than 100
Published: 01:33 PM, 2 July 2020 Updated: 08:39 PM, 2 July 2020
Fire service are conducting rescue drive at the spot, where more people are reported missing, on Thursday; Photo: Collected
At least 113 people have been killed in a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar. Many more people are also believed to be buried at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin site on Thursday.
More than 100 bodies recovered. We are still working on the rescue process, the country’s fire service department said in a Facebook post. - reports BBC.
A wave of mud triggered by the heavy rain engulfed those collecting stones, said the fire service, adding, “The jade miners were smothered by a wave of mud, which hit after heavy rainfall.”
Myanmar is the world’s biggest source of jade but its mines have seen numerous accidents, many involving people who scavenge for stones. More than 100 people died last year alone at mining sites.
Myanmar’s jade trade is worth to be more than $30bn a year. Hpakant is the site of the world’s biggest jade mine.