Death toll rises to 161 in Myanmar jade mine accident
New Delhi: The death toll in the jade mine landslide incident in northern Myanmar has risen to above 160, said authorities on Friday, as search efforts to trace more bodies continued for the second day.
A huge heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake on Thursday burying many workers beneath it and leaving many dead in the landslide. By late evening, rescuers recovered more than 160 dead bodies.
Thar Lin Maung, an official from information ministry, said that the death toll on July 3 was 161 while 43 have been hospitalised. He added that search operation to locate more survivors are underway.
He also said that more than half of the deceased are yet to be identified, adding that there were many migrants living in small tents beside the mine.
He announced that the next of kin of the victims will be given financial aid and $80,000 has also been donated by the regional government to help out the bereaved families of the jade mine incident.
The accident occurred on Thursday when miners were collecting stones at a jade mine in Hpakant area of Kachin state and were hit by a muddy wave that crashed onto them after heavy rain, according to the fire service department of Myanmar.