December 13, 2017

Huge landslide kills 30 — More deaths feared at loose soil collapse in Hpakant

Hand-pickers search for jade through rubble dumped by mining companies at a jade mine in Hpakant, Kachin State in 2013.
Hand-pickers search for jade through rubble dumped by mining companies at a jade mine in Hpakant, Kachin State in 2013.

AT least 30 dead bodies were retrieved from a landslide site and more are missing after a giant amount of dump soil from a jade mine collapsed around 3 am yesterday.
“The information we got from local authorities as of 2 PM is that eighteen bodies have been recovered and one victim rushed to hospital,” said U Htein Lin Aung, the head of Kachin State Public Relations and Information Department, to the Global New Light of Myanmar.
The landslide occurred next to the mountain of dump soil which is about 200 ft high, measuring around 200 ftx300 ft. 70 huts were buried in which miners were sleeping.
“Just five huts escaped the landslide. The death toll may reach more than 100” said a resident.
Rescue work is being carried out by local authorities, military men from local regiments and residents, he added.
The death toll from the accident is increasing, reaching nearly 30 in the evening, according the Skynet broadcast media.
Migrant small-scale miners were searching for jade in piles of waste soil on the mountainside.

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