Yangon: Atleast 12 people died in a landslide in Myanmar’s northern jade mining region on Tuesday, in the latest deadly incident to hit the shadowy industry.
Locals and officials are searching for bodies after a wall of unstable earth collapsed during a downpour on Monday night in Hpakant, Kachin State, and the war-torn area that feeds a huge demand for the precious stone in neighbouring China.
"We retrieved seven dead bodies last night and five more this morning," said a police officer in Myanmar. At least 15 people were injured and an estimated 30 others are missing, the officer added.
The area has suffered a string of deadly landslides, with a major incident last November killing 100, and dozens of other smaller accidents leaving scores more dead and injured. Those killed are usually itinerant workers searching for pieces of jade left behind by large-scale industrial mining firms.