13 People Killed And Dozens Missing In Myanmar’s Landslide

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In Myanmar, at least 13 people have been killed with dozen missing as landslide hit Myanmar’s northern jade-mining region.

Myo Thet Aung, Deputy head of Hpakant Township Administration Office in Kachin State said that today, two piles of mining debris collapsed late on Monday after two days of rain.

He said, adding that the death toll was expected to rise after “We recovered 11 bodies last night and two more this morning”.  Witnesses said, there were about a hundred workers when the accident occurred and many are still buried.”

Myanmar Times reported that the search had been temporary called off due to heavy rain. At least 10 injured miners were being treated at a hospital in Hpakant, the report said.

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Earlier this month, at least 13 people were killed in a similar landslide in the same region, known for supplying some of the highest-quality jade in the world.

In November 2015 in the same area, at least 113 people were killed in a large landslide

The jade industry in Myanmar is dominated by companies linked to leaders of the previous military government, ethnic rebels and businessmen with close connections to the former junta.

A civilian administration took power this year for the first time in decades.

Jade production in Myanmar was worth around $31bn in 2014, according to environmental advocacy group Global Witness.

 

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