Landslide occurs in Myanmar, two casualties reported

A landslide has occurred in Myanmar’s northernmost state of Kachin on June 23 that has caused some casualties.

The landslide took place when a 91.4-metre-high slag heap collapsed at a jade mining site in Hpakant township, at around 4:00 p.m. local time (0930 GMT).

According to local officials, at least two jade scavengers were killed and five others injured in the landslide. The officials have confirmed that search and rescue operations are being carried out to get hold of the actual statistics of damages, casualties and save lives.

The official from the Hpakant Township Police Station said, “Investigation is underway and the exact number of casualties and missing ones can only be known tomorrow (this) morning,”.

Mining accidents are frequent in the country’s Hpakant mining region and most of the fatalities are caused by landslides.

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