Myanmar steps up efforts to search for jade mine landslide victims

Thursday, 2021-12-23 12:32:51
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Rescuers searched for victims of jade mine landslide in Myanmar in 2020 (Photo: AFP)
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NDO/VNA – At least one person was killed in a jade mine landslide in Myanmar’s Kachin state on December 22, announced the country’s search and rescue teams on the same day.

The body was found at the scene while about 100 other went missing. Twenty-five injured people were rushed to the hospital.

About 200 rescuers are stepping up efforts to search for the missing and some were using boats in a nearby lake.

The landslide took place in Hpakant region of Kachin state at 4am on December 22 (local time).

About 80 people were feared to be swept into a lake after the incident.

Myanmar produces up to 90 percent of the world’s jade. The most recent landslide occurred at a mine in Kachin in July 2020, claiming more than 170 lives. Another case in Kachin killed at least 113 people in 2015.