More than 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar mine

Yangon: More than 50 people are feared killed after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.  Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly regulated industry concentrated near the country’s border with China.

Local police described a freak accident in Kachin state on Monday night so big it created a huge “mud lake” that buried the miners as well as some 40 vehicles. Fifty-four people are missing in the mud, a duty officer told AFP, adding that only two bodies had been recovered so far.

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