Death toll in Myanmar jade mine landslide rises to 162

International Desk
2 July 2020, Thu
Published: 09:01

Death toll in Myanmar jade mine landslide rises to 162

A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has killed at least 162 people and wounded another 54, officials say, in one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry, according to Al Jazeera reports.

The incident took place early on Thursday in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state after a bout of heavy rainfall, the Myanmar Fire Services Department said on Facebook.

"By 7:15 pm, 162 bodies were found, and 54 injured people were sent" to nearby hospitals, Myanmar's fire service department said on its official Facebook page. 

"The jade miners were smothered by a wave of mud," the statement said. 

Photos posted on the Facebook page showed a search and rescue team wade through a valley apparently flooded by the mudslide.

The workers were scavenging for gemstones on the sharp mountainous terrain in Hpakant township, where furrows from earlier excavations had already loosened the earth.