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Myanmar: landslide in Jade mine kills over 160 people

Residents said it was the fifth landslide to occur in the accident-prone mining site, where enforcement of mining laws is almost non-existent.

News Desk-   Over 160 people were feared buried in watery mud that swept through an open pit mining site in northern Myanmar on July 2, in what many said was the worst tragedy that happened in the area since 2015, said Mynmar Times report

Rescuers said at least 125 people have been recovered from Wai Khar village mining site in Hpakant township in Kachin State hours after the incident happened at about 8am.

More than 80 other people were reported missing in the incident, according to an officer of the fire services department involved in the rescue operations.

Residents said it was the fifth landslide to occur in the accident-prone mining site, where enforcement of mining laws is almost non-existent.

The landslide was apparently triggered by overnight rain in the area, the report said.

At least 162 people have died and others are feared trapped after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State, according to officials, said a CNN report .

The landslide was triggered by heavy rain and swept through the site in the jade-rich area of Hpakant on Thursday morning.
Myanmar Fire Department said 162 bodies had been recovered as of 7:15 p.m. Thursday local time and another 54 people have been taken to hospital. Local lawmaker Khin Maung Myint warned that the death toll is expected to rise, but heavy rain had forced rescue efforts to be called off.
Images from the Facebook page of Myanmar’s fire service showed a rescue team pulling bodies out of the mud and carrying them up a steep rock face that appears to be flooding.

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