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August 11, 2020

Rescue work follows up as Phakant jade mine landslide kills 126

Rescue workers and Red Cross Society members are carrying bodies of victims died in landsilde of jade mine in Phakant on 2 July.  PHOTO: MNA
Rescue workers and Red Cross Society members are carrying bodies of victims died in landsilde of jade mine in Phakant on 2 July. PHOTO: MNA

At least 126 people were killed in a landslide that occurred yesterday morning at a jade mining site of Kyaukmyet Shwe Pyi Company (locally called 111 company) in Laku Creek, Ward-6, Wahkar village in Phakant Township in Kachin State. A total of 126 bodies had been recovered from the site of incident, and 23 others were injured, according to the report on 3:35 pm on 2 July. “The Laku Creek is around 1,000 feet long. The bank of Laku Creek collapsed. The collapse was attributed to the local jade mining workers prospecting the jade. There is a lake in the landslide area. So, some are flowing along the strong currents,” said U Ma Jee Brang Mai, a social rescue worker.
The Township Administrator, members of the Township Natural Disaster Management Team, MPs, the Township Police Force, local Red Cross workers, Civil Service Societies, and Wahkar villagers continued their search for survivors and missing bodies. The Department of Natural Disaster Management under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement will provide necessary assistance to the family of the landslide victims. (Translated by Hay Mar)

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