Myanmar landslide – ‘At least 100 dead’ and dozens trapped in jade mine disaster as bodies are pulled from mud

AT least 100 people have been killed and dozens remain trapped at a jade mine in Myanmar.

Heavy rain triggered a mud wave at the site in the Hpakant area in the north of the country at around 6.30am local time, officials said.

The disaster comes in the middle of the country's summer monsoon season.

A post on the Facebook page of the Myanmar Fire Service said 113 bodies had been recovered so far.

"The jade miners were smothered by a wave of mud, which hit after heavy rainfall," the service said.

Myanmar is the world's largest supplier of jade, but accidents are frequent in its poorly-regulated mines.

Rubble from the mining process generates large and unstable mounds through which locals will often sift in search of jade stones.

New safety laws were passed last year, but enforcing the laws and clamping down on illegal practices has reportedly proved difficult.

The industry is estimated to be worth £24bn a year to the country.

Rescue operations are ongoing.

More to follow…

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