FILE PHOTO. Referential image of jade miners in a mud pool in Hpakant, Kachin, Myanmar. April 28, 2019. REUTERS / Shoon Naing
Dec 22 (Reuters) – At least one person perished and dozens missing and possibly dead after a landslide struck a jade mine in northern Myanmar and washed them into a lake early Wednesday, the officials reported. rescue teams and a civil society group.
The landslide occurred in the remote Hpakant area of Kachin state around 4 a.m. (2130 GMT Tuesday), said Dashi Naw Lawn, an official with the Kachin Network Development Foundation.
About 80 people were swept into the lake, the official said.
Rescuers told Reuters that one body had been seen floating in the water and that they feared that everyone else had perished in the latest tragedy affecting Myanmar’s poorly regulated jade industry.
By nightfall, some rescue teams had suspended their searches, and while others were moving on, there was no news of further rescues.
Local media also reported dozens of people missing in the incident at Hpakant, the center of Myanmar’s secretive jade industry, which draws poor workers from across the country in search of gems, mostly destined for export to China.
Deadly landslides and other accidents are common in the Hpakant mines. The media reported at least six deaths in a landslide last weekend.
In July last year, more than 170 people – many of them migrants – perished in one of Hpakant’s worst disasters, after mining waste collapsed into a lake.
(Reuters Writing Report; written by Ed Davies and John Geddie; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)