Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 160

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – At least 162 bodies have been found after a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, officials say.

Rescue work has continued all day for people still missing at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin state.

A wave of mud and rock triggered by heavy rain engulfed those collecting stones, the fire service said.

Myanmar is the world’s biggest source of jade but its mines have seen numerous accidents, many involving people who scavenge for stones.

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