Over 80 Missing In Landslide At Jade Mine In Northern Myanmar

Over 80 people went missing, in a jade mine landslide, in Myanmar’s Kachin state, in the early hours today, a local village administration official, said.

“According to witnesses at the scene, the landslide left over 80 people missing, and rescue operation is being carried out,” U Kyaw Min, official of a village administration office, said.

The landslide took place at around 4:00 a.m. local time, burying nearly 100 people, including jade scavengers and vendors, a Hpakant township police officer, said.

“There is no data about the exact number of the missing jade scavengers,” the police officer said.

The authorities and local rescue organisations are conducting the search and rescue operation, in the slide-stricken area.

Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, especially at the Hpakant mining region.

Many locals make their living by jade scavenging in the region, and most of the landslides are caused by the partial collapse of tailings, heaps and dams.

A major fatal landslide occurred at a jade mining site in Hpakant township in July last year, leaving 174 dead and 54 others injured.–

Source: NAM News Network