Myanmar: At least 70 missing due to landslide at jade mine


At least 70 people are missing and at least one person has been killed in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, a member of the search and rescue team has told AFP.

“About 70 to 100 people are missing after the landslide, which occurred around 04:00 (local time, Tuesday (21/12) at 23:30 Greek time)” at the mine in Hapkad, Kaya state, said Ko Ni, member of a search and rescue team.

It is believed that these people were dragged into a lake by swamps and mud.

Landslide deaths and other accidents are common at jade mines in Hakkad, which attract poor workers from all over the country who mine semi-precious stones for export, mainly to China.

The enormous pressure on the economy due to the new coronavirus pandemic and the February military coup has pushed even more internal migrants into the region.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, AFP, Reuters

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