40 Missing in new jade mining landslide

14 January 2016
40 Missing in new jade mining landslide
A general view shows Myanmar rescue workers with backhoes searching for miners after a landslide at Hpakant jade mining area, Kachin State, northern Myanmar, 26 December 2015. Photo: Zaw Moe Htet/EPA

At least 40 migrant mine workers are believed missing following the collapse Tuesday night of a mountain of soil and other waste cast off from jade mining operations in Hpakant in Myanmar’s Kachin State, RFA reported on 13 January.
The landslide struck at about 10:30 p.m. not far from the site of another slide which killed over 100 in November, a local source told RFA’s Myanmar Service.
In November, a 200-foot pile of dirt and other material from mining activities collapsed in Hpakant, engulfing huts in an encampment of itinerant jade scavengers and their families, killing more than 100 people.