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.

Watchdog Global Witness estimated that the industry was worth some US$31 billion (S$42.5 billion) in 2014...

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