January 24, 2022, Monday

One killed, 70 missing in Myanmar landslide

MYANMAR: At least one person has died and 70 others went missing after a landslide occurred at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar.

Rescue operations are currently underway, with most of the victims believed to be illegal jade miners.

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The landslide occurred in the Hpakant area of Kachin state at around 04:00 local time on Wednesday (21:30 GMT Tuesday).

Myanmar is the world’s biggest source of jade but its mines have seen numerous accidents over the years.

The landslide is believed to have been caused by an overflow of rubble discarded from lorries to the open-pit mines.

(With inputs from Agencies)