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At least 96 dead in a landslide in a jade mine in northern Burma

July 2, 2020

Rescue services recovered the bodies of 96 people on Thursday in a jade mine in which a landslide occurred in the state of Kachin in northern Burma, the fire department said in a statement.

Authorities have warned that hundreds of miners may have been buried in the massive landslide caused by the monsoon rain. The mine is located in the city of Sate Mu in the Hpakant region. The landslide was registered on Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

At the time of the landslide, there were hundreds of activists in the mine, and authorities believe most of them were buried, a local police officer told Xinhua. Landslides are a common phenomenon in the state of Kachin, known as Jadeland, especially in the Hpakant mining region.

At least 96 dead in a landslide in a jade mine in northern BurmaAt least 96 dead in a landslide in a jade mine in northern Burma

Many inhabitants live from the mining of jades in the region, and most landslides are caused by the partial collapse of retaining walls and walls. In November 2015, a landslide in the same region killed 116 people who mined jade in a mine.