New Delhi: At least 113 miners werekilled after a landslide at a jade mine in Northern Myanmar’s Hpakant area in Kachin state on Thursday morning.
In a statement on Facebook, Myanmar fire services department said that a wave of mud triggered by heavy rain smothered the miners. “A total of 113 bodies been found so far,” said the department.
Photos posted by the country’s fire service department 3 hours ago, show rescue operations underway, and bodies being carried in make shift stretchers.
According to a report by Bangkok Post, the search and rescue efforts had been suspended due to heavy rains.
Myanmar is said to be the world’s biggest source of jade. Al Jazeera reported, “Official sales of jade in Myanmar were worth $750.04m in 2016-2017, according to data published by the government as part of an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.”
However, its mines have seen numerous accidents over the years. It usually involves people from poorer communities who risk their lives in a bid to ccollect these gemstones.