Myanmar: Landslide kills 13 jade mine workers and injures 2 others; rescuers continue search for bodies
Author: The Straits Times, Published on: 28 July 2019
"At least 13 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide," 29 July 2019
At least 13 jade mine workers and security guards in northern Myanmar were killed in a landslide yesterday, said the authorities, as rescuers frantically searched for more victims.
The deadly landslide is the latest to hit Hpakant, the epicentre of a multibillion-dollar jade trade fuelled by insatiable demand in China.
Myanmar's fire services department said in a Facebook post that the accident happened in the early morning in Hpakant township.
"We have taken two injured men and the bodies of 13 men" to a local hospital, the department said. A police officer on the scene said the upper part of a mine collapsed and fell 200m onto those sleeping below.
Though new regulations suspend mining during the wet-season peak from July to September, some workers stay on site. Heavy rain pounded the area over the past week, according to the officer.