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10 Jun 2024

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Radio Free Asia

Myanmar: Five dead, 20 missing in rare earth mine landslide

"Five dead, 20 missing in Myanmar landslide", 5 June 2024

Rescue workers in northern Myanmar recovered the bodies of five mine workers, including one Chinese national, ... and were searching for missing victims of a landslide at a rare earths mine, residents told Radio Free Asia.

The landslide in Kachin State’s Chipwi township trapped 25 people in a shaft .... The landslide occurred during regular operations at the rare earth mine near Chinese Border Post No. 3.... 

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The landslides are caused by unregulated mining by companies that clear all trees from mining areas and dig holes indiscriminately, which leaves the surrounding soil unstable, according to an official from the Myanmar Mine Monitoring Network who only identified himself as Paul.