Landslide in Myanmar jade mining site kills 62
KACHIN —A devastating landslide at the old jade mining site near Whaykha Village, Hseikmu Village-tract, Hpakant Township, Kachin State, killed at least 62 people this morning.
Thirteen others are still missing at mid morning, according to a local official.
Nearby residents said the landslide occurred after dumped soil fell into an old pit 1,000 feet below, downing those in the vicinity of the pit.
“Now, we have recovered 62 bodies. Thirteen are missing. The number may grow. Rescue work is going on. Aid and rescue groups are arriving,” said Village Administrator Kyaw Min.
According to media reports, around a hundred people who were in the area at the time fled the 10-feet landslide wave.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.