Myanmar jade mine accident: 125 killed, some 200 trapped


At least 125 people were killed and around 200 others are trapped after a jade mine collapsed in Hpakant, northern Myanmar on Thursday, local media reported.


The incident happened at around 6:30 a.m. local time.


The miners were collecting stones when a “muddy wave” caused by heavy rain buried them, the fire service said in a Facebook post.


Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, known as land of jade, especially in Hpakant mining region.


Many locals make a living by jade scavenging in the region and most of the landslides are caused by the partial collapse of tailings heaps and dams.


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