Myanmar jade mine landslide kills dozens

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Many people gather at mining sites to scavenge through rubble for jade. File image

At least 50 people have been killed in a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, officials say.

Some reports say that dozens more may be buried at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin state.

A wave of mud triggered by heavy rain engulfed those collecting stones, the fire service said.

Myanmar is the world’s biggest source of jade but its mines have seen numerous accidents, many involving people who scavenge for stones.

The country’s fire service department said in a Facebook post: “Now in total 50 dead bodies. We are still working on the rescue process.”

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