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Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 113 people

2 years 1 month 1 week ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 July 02, 2020 5:11 AM July 02, 2020 in News
Source: Associated Press
At least 113 people died after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Photo: @AJEnglish/Twitter

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Rescue workers say at least 113 people have been killed in a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar.

At least another five people have been injured in Thursday’s accident, said Khin Maung Win, chairman of Thingaha rescue group working at the site now.

Maung Myint, a lawmaker from Hpakant where the accident occured, said the rescue groups with which he had been in contact said 113 bodies have been recovered and 54 injured sent to hospitals.

Accidents at such mining sites causing multiple casualties are not rare.

The victims are normally freelance miners who settle near giant mounds of discarded earth that has been mined in bulk by heavy machinery. The freelance miners who scavenge for bits of jade usually work and live at the base of the mounds of earth, which become particularly unstable during the rainy season.

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