At Least 100 Killed In Landslide At Myanmar Jade Mine

Reporter Reporter Ron Chang ㅣ 2020-07-02 18:22

Photo: Yonhap News
Photo: Yonhap News

Emergency teams in Myanmar have found more than 100 bodies after a landslide at a jade mine.

The fire department in Kachin state said there had been heavy rain in the area and the miners were buried in a wave of mud.

Dozens more are thought to be missing.

The BBC's Jonathan Head reports.


Video taken from the hills above shows a landslide pouring into the pit lake churning up the blue-green water.

A moment later, the lake emptied as its side collapses, the water thundering into the valley below.

Thousands of coal workers from all over Myanmar are attracted to these jade mines, which are believed to generate billions of dollars a year for mining companies.

The hills have been denuded of trees and carved into a bleak landscape of bare mud slopes.

Campaigns have accused the military, drug dealers, insurgents and Chinese business interests for controlling the jade trade and preventing a more safer and sustainable exploitation of this valuable gemstone.

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