New landslide sweeps through Myanmar jade mine


YANGON: Rescuers were searching through mud and rubble Saturday after a new landslide buried workers in a remote jade mining region in northern Myanmar, the second such incident in just over a month. The landslide took place on Friday afternoon in Hpakant, Kachin State, the war-torn area that is the epicenter of Myanmar’s secretive billion dollar jade industry. “The rescue process has now started and we are searching for dead bodies but we can’t tell the numbers yet,” Nilar Myint, an official from Hpakant Administrative Office, told Agence France-Presse. Local media reported as many as 50 people might have been buried by the debris.


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