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Waste landslide at Myanmar jade mining site kills 14

An official in Kachin state's Hpakant township says the accident also left six people injured and an unknown number believed missing. A search is continuing.

By: AP | Bangkok | Published: May 4, 2018 3:51:06 pm
Fatal accidents are not rare and more than 100 people were killed in a single landslide in November 2015. (AP Photo)

A landslide of a mound of mining waste has killed at least 14 people in northern Myanmar’s jade mining region. An official in Kachin state’s Hpakant township says the accident also left six people injured and an unknown number believed missing. A search is continuing.

Hpakant, 950 kilometres (600 miles) north of Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, is the epicentre of the world’s biggest and most lucrative jade mining industry. Jade is normally mined by heavy equipment that generates huge mounds of waste soil, which easily causes landslides.

People often settle near the mounds to scavenge for jade in the precariously high piles of waste. Fatal accidents are not rare and more than 100 people were killed in a single landslide in November 2015.

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