Myanmar jade mine landslide, Death toll rises to 113

In the worst of the mud slide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, more than 100 workers have lost their lives. The incident occurred early on July 2, close to the Chinese border in Kachin state after a spell of heavy rainfall.

The workers were scavenging for the precious gemstones on the sharp mountainous terrain in Hpakant township, where furrows from earlier digs had already loosened the earth and heavy rains just worsened the scenario.

The information has been confirmed via the Facebook post of the Myanmar Fire Services Department. “The jade miners were smothered by a wave of mud,” the statement said. “The search and rescue process are still ongoing.” Later local authorities confirmed that because of the monsoon, the search operation has been suspended for the time being.

Giving an update about the number of casualties, the Myanmar Fire Service said in its Facebook post, “A total of 113 have bodies been found so far”.

The authorities have confirmed that the landslide is one of the worst accidents ever to hit the hazardous jade industry, which uses low-paid migrant workers to scrape out a gem highly coveted in China.

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