Another landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar… “One dead, 70 missing”


A landslide occurred on the 22nd at the jade mine in the northern part of Myanmya, and there is concern that a large-scale loss of life occurred.

According to foreign media such as Reuters, a landslide occurred at a jade mine in the Hpakand region of the northern Kachin province at 4 a.m. on the same day.

As a result, about 80 workers were swept down to a nearby lake, the Kachin Network Development Foundation, a local civic group, said.

An official from the group said, “Rescuers arrived around 7 am and started the search operation.”

The local online media, Mijima News, also reported that dozens of workers were missing due to the landslide.

The Associated Press reported that one person was killed and at least 70 people were missing, citing rescue workers.

“Currently, 150 rescuers and firefighters are on the hunt, and so far the body of one miner has been found,” he said.

Myanmar is the world’s largest jade producer, and mined jade is mainly sold to China.

However, due to the lack of safety measures, large-scale fatal accidents continue to occur.

Mijima News reported that six workers were killed in a landslide last week in the Hpakand region where the accident occurred.

In particular, on July 2nd of last year, heavy rains caused landslides, causing 170 deaths and dozens of missing persons.

(Photo = EPA, Yonhap News)

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