Death toll in Myanmar jade mine landslide rises to 162 - UPDATED-3

Death toll in Myanmar jade mine landslide rises to 162 - UPDATED-3
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The battered bodies of more than 160 jade miners were pulled from a sea of mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, authorities said, one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry, APA reports citing AFP news.

Rescue teams worked all day to pull out bodies under a continuous deluge of heavy monsoon rain.

"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.

 

 

***16:59

A landslide at a jade mining site in Myanmar has left 126 people dead with heavy rains forcing authorities to pause search and rescue efforts, APA reports citing Bloomberg.

The deceased were mostly small-time miners collecting stones at old mining sites in Hpakant town in northern Kachin state. They were buried by mud after heavy rains led to the collapse of a quarry, the fire department said in a Facebook post. Another 23 people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

Hpakant is known to be a jade mining area and has seen several deadly accidents in recent years due to the monsoon season.

***11:52

The death toll from a mud slide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar surged to over 100 Thursday, authorities said, in one of the worst accidents ever to hit the perilous industry, APA reports citing Times of India.

"A total of 113 bodies been found so far," Myanmar Fire Service said in a Facebook post.

A local police officer said search and rescue efforts had been suspended due to heavy rains.

 

***11:06

At least 96 people died on Thursday after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar trapped workers under a mound of refuse, according to a release from the Information Ministry, APA reports citing China Daily.

The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state when a "muddy wave" caused by heavy rain buried them, the fire service said in a Facebook post.

The landslide occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village at around 8 am local time, according to the Fire Services Department.

The exact number of casualties is yet to be known and rescue works are being carried out, a township police said. 

 

***10:12

At least 50 people died on Thursday after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar trapped workers under a mound of refuse, the country’s fire service department and an information ministry official said, APA reports citing Reuters.

The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state when a “muddy wave” caused by heavy rain buried them, the fire service said in a Facebook post.

“Now in total 50 dead bodies,” the post said. “We are still working on the rescue process.”

Deadly landslides and other accidents are common in the poorly regulated mines of Hpakant.

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