August 19, 2016

Landslide kills four in Phakant

Four migrant miners died in a landslide in Hpakant that occurred on 12 July.
The landslide happened at a mountain of dumped soil from jade mines in the evening when seven migrant workers were searching for a jade among dumped soil.
Local authorities stopped searching for the bodies at night, due to possibility of landslide again.
To prevent landslides, local authorities have suggested that migrant miners squatting around at-risk areas be relocated to safer areas and that mining companies dump their waste soil in accordance with technical safety rules.
When miners began using heavy machinery to extract jade from mines in Myanmar in 2005, migrant workers across the country flowed into the area to scavenge small jade stones from the discarded mine soil.—GNLM


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